The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO) recently supported and announced Gov. Whitmer’s release of the Michigan Statewide Workforce Plan. The plan represents the first, comprehensive, all-access roadmap that aligns state government and external partners to create jobs and support workers and employers.

Developed in close partnership with several state departments, including LEO, and the Michigan Workforce Development Board, and with input from business, workforce, labor, education and community leaders across the state, the plan features three core pillars to help address key workforce challenges:

  1. Help More Michiganders Earn a Skills Certificate or Degree: Increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree from 51.5% today to 60% by 2030.
  2. Increase Access to Opportunities that Grow the Middle Class: Move 75,000 households up into the middle class by end of 2027 (moving Michigan’s ranking from 28th to Top 10 nationally).
  3. Support Business and Entrepreneurial Growth through Talent Solutions: Make Michigan a Top 10 state for labor force participation rate growth by 2027.

LEO also released the 2024 Women in the Michigan Workforce report as part of Women’s History Month. This report, prepared by the Michigan Center for Data and Analytics, highlights the multifaceted challenges faced by women in Michigan’s workforce, offering valuable insights and data-driven analysis to inform policies and initiatives aimed at promoting gender equity and economic prosperity.

This report is an updated version of the 2021 Women in the Michigan Workforce report with an expanded focus on education, training and regional information. In addition, the current report uses different age groupings and calculations, so it is not directly comparable to the 2021 report. View and download the 2024 report

Earlier this week, the Michigan Women’s Commission hosted a virtual event featuring Gov. Whitmer, reporting key findings from the report. If you missed the event, you can view a recording.


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