In case you needed a pick-me-up today, here is some great news for Macomb County. The most recent jobs update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the county has gained more than 10,000 jobs in the past three months and nearly 25,000 in the last year.
In January 2015, the county started off with 383,739 jobs. May figures for 2016 show 408,217 Macomb County residents are employed. Not only is this a healthy growth of 24,478 jobs, but this is the highest number employed in Macomb County in 15 years! You would have to go all the way back to 2001 to find employment levels this high.
These great jobs numbers mark seven continuous years of job growth in Macomb County. Since 2009, when only 350,776 people in the county were working, jobs have been added every year. With momentum, we are closing in on our pre-recession maximum! The county peaked in May 1999, when 437,251 were employed and unemployment was a mere 2.7 percent.
What’s driving these gains? Job growth in manufacturing, (thanks to the auto industry accomplishing a record year and expected to break records this year), a revolution by the auto industry toward smart mobility, an evolution of auto manufacturers in to aerospace and defense industries and an awakening of the services industries in Macomb County.
“Businesses are finding success tapping into the world-class talent we have here in Macomb County,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “The county has emerged as a leader in advanced manufacturing technology. Sophisticated new industries in aerospace, life science, information technology, defense and homeland security have grown alongside Macomb’s traditional manufacturing businesses.”
Are you a company looking to tap into Macomb County’s highly skilled labor force? We can help. Reach out to the Department of Planning & Economic Development today!
Nick Posavetz is a senior planner for Macomb County, often providing content for the Macomb Business and Make Macomb Your Home websites and associated social media accounts. If you have something you’d like to feature, reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.