MI Quarterly Workforce Report Q1 2016

Online job ads for occupations related to lightweighting were up 19% to 32,372 during Q1 2016, compared to 27,278 during Q4 2015. This level of postings is 29% higher than the 25,178 online postings for lightweighting-related occupations in Michigan in Q1 2015, a year ago. The increased employer demand for these workers has driven employment growth in these occupations, as well. 2015 marked the sixth consecutive year of employment growth for lightweighting-related jobs in Michigan since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009. In 2009, only 540,500 Michigan workers were employed in lightweighting-related advanced manufacturing jobs, and in 2015, employment reached nearly 700,000.