The WIN annual labor market reports highlight real-time job posting data within eleven customized occupation groups for 19 counties in Southeast Michigan, the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the WIN region.

Seventeen reports identify key components of the labor market such as labor force status, demographics, commuting data, and more.

The WIN analysis of online job postings is a proxy for employer demand and a pioneering method for tracking the labor market’s health. This data showcases who is hiring, what job opportunities exist in your region, and more. Some key highlights include:

  1. New job postings in 2023 saw a significant decline compared to 2022, reflecting slowed economic growth and low unemployment rates, resulting in fewer available positions.
  2. Unemployment rates continue to decrease in 2023, reaching a 10-year low of 4.0% for the State of Michigan and 3.8% for the WIN Region.
  3. In 2023, the labor force in Michigan reached a record high of 4,970,417, with 4,772,417 people employed, resulting in a net unemployment rate of 198,000, also achieving a 10-year record.
  4. Wayne County experienced a 7.5% decrease in entry-level jobs compared to 2022.
  5. According to 2022 Census data, there’s an inflection point in the age demographics, with individuals aged 25 and under and those 54 and older each representing 30.9% of the population in the WIN Region. The net difference between these groups is just 983 individuals out of a total population of 3,880,341. Without a surge in new births, the older demographic is likely to have a larger share of the population in the next 10-20 years.
  6. The demand for Bachelor’s degrees over High School diplomas as the minimum education requirement increased from 0.1% in Q4 2022 to 1.5% in Q4 2023.

Click here to view all the 2023 annual labor market reports. 

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