MI Quarterly Workforce Report Q4 2016

Online job ads for occupations related to lightweighting in Michigan fell 4 percent between Q3 and Q4 2016, from 30,325 to 29,090. Compared to Q4 2015, postings have increased by 6.6 percent from 27,278 postings. Posting levels have fluctuated over the past year but the general trend has been positive with increased demand from employers for workers in advanced manufacturing occupations. The increased demand for these workers has driven employment growth in Michigan – 2016 marked the seventh 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 2016, employment reached nearly 700,000.