5 Big Things to Expect in the Michigan Workforce by 2016

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As Michigan continues its recovery from the nationwide 2008 recession, hopes are high among those establishing new businesses and reentering the workforce. With an unemployment rate below 6%, such hopes are not unfounded.

Following the city’s bankruptcy in 2013, entrepreneurs continue to flock to metro Detroit to begin new endeavors and revitalize the area. Areas such as Grand Rapids and Lansing have also seen continual growth in jobs.

As Michigan continues its revitalization, here are five trends to consider as we look ahead to 2016 and beyond.

5 Big Things to Expect in the Michigan Workforce by 2016:

  • Metro Detroit will see a rebound in the number of accessible mid-level positions and an increase in youth employment
  • Michigan's Top 4 Fortune 500 companies - General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Dow Chemical and Whirlpool, will continue to fuel the state's employment numbers
  • The need for professionals in welding, nursing, IT security & programming, and commercial truck driving will continue to surge amid a talent shortage
  • More startups like Accio Energy, Crowdrise, LevelEleven, SkySpecs, Shinola, McLure's Pickles, Motor City Java & Tea will aid in the rejuvenation of Detroit
  • The rise of craft beer and mead brewing, which has brought over 7,000 jobs to Michigan, will continue to explode across the state

Sources: Michigan Labor Market MI Fast Facts, MLive, DBusiness, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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