Michigan Workforce and Talent

Michigan's talent is unmatched. MEDC is committed to attracting talent as well as fostering high-wage skills growth by collaborating with partner agencies throughout the state to produce and retain the Michigan workforce needed in today's business climate.

Strong Talent Pipeline

Michigan's collection of world-class talent is among the top reasons why businesses locate and expand in the state. Employers find that Michigan has one of the most talented, diverse and abundant workforces in the country and has the programs, resources and state-wide support that continues to build talent with in-demand skills that help businesses thrive.

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Employment by Industry

Employers find that Michigan not only has a diverse and growing workforce of highly skilled talent across several industries, but also has the programs and resources in place to meet the talent needs of companies that are expanding or relocating in the state.

Our Top Employers

Michigan's comprehensive economic development toolkit and business-friendly climate are just two reasons businesses throughout the state continue to grow and succeed. 

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Eight Public/Private Partnerships Strengthening Michigan’s Talent Pool

The availability of skilled labor remains a top factor in every business expansion decision, and Michigan’s industry leaders, educational institutions and government partners are coming together to build a strong and equitable talent pipeline.

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Read About Michigan's Talented Workforce

The Michigan Opportunity Podcast

Michigan's skilled workforce and diverse talent is highlighted in several episodes of The Michigan Opportunity Podcast. Now in its second season, host Ed Clemente has been joined by several guests specializing job growth, workforce development, and talent retention. Click on the episode links to the right and listen to insightful conversations and hear about new, emerging global trends.

Unmatched Quality of Life

Today's employees are searching not only for an impactful career, but desire a quality of life that can only be found in Michigan. With a low cost of living, four distinct seasons, 11,000 lakes and the country’s longest freshwater coastline, when it comes to living and working, nothing compares to Pure Michigan.

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What Sets Michigan Apart

Michigan is ranked #1 in the nation for concentration of engineers.

Michigan is ranked #1 in the nation for concentration of engineers.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10  for America's Best Employers for New Grads.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10 for America's Best Employers for New Grads.

With 250,000 workers in the skilled trades, Michigan's skilled trades workforce ranks in the top 10 nationally.

With 250,000 workers in the skilled trades, Michigan's skilled trades workforce ranks in the top 10 nationally.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10 for tech jobs growth and for cybersecurity
leaders.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10 for tech jobs growth and for cybersecurity leaders.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10  for total STEM degree completions in the nation.

Michigan ranks in the Top 10 for total STEM degree completions in the nation.

Michigan has the 4th largest engineering, design and development (EDD) workforce in the nation.

Michigan has the 4th largest engineering, design and development (EDD) workforce in the nation.

 Michigan ranks #1 in the nation for its concentration of commercial and industrial designers.

Michigan ranks #1 in the nation for its concentration of commercial and industrial designers.

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Connecting Companies and Interns

The Michigan STEM Forward intership program matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies. Michigan STEM Forward provides students meaningful career experience, promotes job retention, and provides financial support to companies who hire these interns.

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Talent and Workforce Resources & Partners