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Southeast Michigan Job Demand Rises

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Online job postings in the second quarter of 2013 were up 11.5 percent over the first quarter of year, jumping to 72,941 from 65,444, according to the Workforce Intelligence Network.

The data, included in WIN’s quarterly labor market trends report, includes available positions from the nine counties in Southeast Michigan. The full report can be viewed at http://win-semich.org/data-research/quarterly-reports/.

“The data reveals that employers are still looking for workers, although at a less frantic pace than a year ago,” said Lisa Katz, WIN Executive Director.

For the second quarter, WIN also found the following:

• The most significant job growth continues in three key occupational clusters:
— Information Technology
— Health care
— Manufacturing

• The region’s top five job postings in the second quarter were:
— Software developers (3,061)
— Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products (2,245)
— Retail salespersons (2,210)
— Registered nurses (1,956)
— Customer service representatives (1,639)

• Each county and the city of Detroit showed gains in job postings in the second quarter when compared to the first quarter — except for Macomb County.

“Overall, continued strong demand in the form of online job postings is good news for the Southeast Michigan economy,” Katz said.

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan is a collaborative effort between eight community colleges and seven Michigan Works agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive work force development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 9-county area, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

Colleges involved are Macomb Community College, Monroe County Community Collegem, Mott Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College, St. Clair County Community College, Washtenaw Community College and the Wayne County Community College District.

Michigan Works agencies involved are the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., the Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works Agency, Livingston County Michigan Works, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works, Oakland County Michigan Works, the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance and Washtenaw County Michigan Works.

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