The Craig Fahle Show

More People Are Employed in Michigan For The First Time in a Long Time

May 15, 2014

Lisa Baragar Katz, Executive Director of the newly-formed Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) of Southeast Michigan joins Craig to discuss real job growth in Michigan.

Still, Katz says that a gap remains between job skills needed and the actual skills of those seeking work.

Employment data can be confusing. The calculations for unemployment and joblessness are different. Katz says that more jobs were created than then number of people who left the workforce during the past couple months.

“Michigan’s labor market conditions were stable in April,” Mlive quoted Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “However, with steady reductions over the last five years, the state’s jobless rate has been cut nearly in half since the end of the last national recession.”

WIN is a consortium of seven Michigan Works! Agencies and eight community colleges formed to create a comprehensive and cohesive talent system that provides regional employers with the talent they need for success.