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May 8, 2013                                                                   248.626.0006

Workforce Intelligence Network releases Q1 2013 employment demand findings

Southeast Michigan’s regional occupational clusters, including IT and health care, had strong employer demand in Q1 2013 while employment and labor force held steady.


DETROIT – The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) released its first quarterly report outlining labor market trends, including real-time employer demand determined through online job postings, for the 9 counties of Southeast Michigan (Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne) and the City of Detroit.  For first quarter 2013, WIN found the following:

  • The regional labor market held fairly steady over the last year, from January 2012 to January 2013:
    • The size of the region’s labor force—those actively working or seeking work increased by 7,495, less than a fraction of a percent. 
    • The number employed—those with either full-time or part-time jobs—declined by 2,324 workers, also less than a fraction of a percent. 
    • The number of people unemployed—those actively looking and available for work—climbed by 9,819, almost 4%.
  • The number of online job postings for Q1 2013 was 76,185.  This represents an increase of 37.8% over Q4 2012 but a 7.7% decline compared to Q1 2012.
  • WIN’s priority occupational clusters include information technology, health care, engineering and design, and skilled trades:
    • Information technology saw the strongest employer demand in Q1 2013 with 11,360 postings.  This is up 21% from Q4 2012 and 22% compared to a year ago.
    • Q1 2013 health care postings jumped 40% over Q4 2012 but showed a 1% decline compared to the same period last year.
    • Q1 2013 demand for engineers/designers was up 7.8% over a year ago yet down 14% from Q4 2012.
    • Q1 2013 demand for skilled trades climbed 45% over Q1 2012 but fell 14% from last quarter (Q4 2012).


  • The region’s top 5 job postings for first quarter 2013 were: 
    • Mechanical Engineers (2,434 postings)
    • Computer Programmers (2,121 postings)
    • Software Developers, Applications (2,101 postings)
    • Registered Nurses (2060 postings)
    • Retail Salespersons (1,968 postings)

The top-five demand mix is roughly the same as in 2012, although demand for computer programmers has moved to 2nd overall, up from 7th. Together, these top-five jobs represent 15% of the region’s total employer demand (online postings) in the first quarter 2013.

  • Each WIN county and the City of Detroit showed gains in job postings in the first quarter 2013 when compared to Q4 2012.  Only Wayne County, spurred by demand in the city of Detroit, showed continued gains in demand above Q1 2012 levels.  All others saw postings below Q1 2012 levels.


Demand refers to statistics derived from employer job postings, which indicate the potential for employment but may or may not materialize into actual jobs.

Labor market demand data for this report was compiled using Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight Tool, and analyzed by the Workforce Intelligence Network. Check out our website for more data and detailed information about our sources.


The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) 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 workforce 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.

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WIN partners:



Macomb Community College

Monroe County Community College

Mott Community College

Oakland Community College

Schoolcraft College

St. Clair County Community College

Washtenaw Community College

Wayne County Community College District

Michigan Works! Agencies

Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.

Genesee/Shiawassee Michigan Works! Agency

Livingston County Michigan Works!

Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

Oakland County Michigan Works!

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

Washtenaw County Michigan Works!

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