LANSING—Sen. John Proos announced on Tuesday that the state’s career outlook information indicates that efforts to improve Michigan’s business climate are continuing to spark economic growth and job creation.
“Michigan is showing positive signs of economic growth, and that is outstanding news for Southwest Michigan families, job providers and job seekers,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We’ve achieved much to build a stronger, more vibrant Michigan. Nearly 400,000 private sector jobs have been created in four years and unemployment has been reduced by more than half, from a high of 14.2 percent in 2009 to 5.6 percent today — the lowest it has been since 2001.”
The Career Outlook 2020 numbers have been compiled for 18 Michigan regions by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency.
According to the outlook for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, the industry with the largest projected job growth is health care, with 1,520 new jobs. Other sectors with large job growth projections in the area include food service with 350 more jobs, engineering and manufacturing with 335, office/clerical with 180 and retail with 175.
The largest number of online advertised jobs currently available in the area are for truck/tractor-trailer drivers with 929 jobs openings, industrial and mechanical engineers with 292 and retail salespersons with 223.
“This information indicates future job growth and also highlights current advertised job openings in the area,” Proos said. “They can be a tremendous resource for those looking for work, people considering a career change and especially Michigan students contemplating a career path to pursue. That is why I am working on legislation to ensure that every Michigan high school student receives this information in the form of a career outlook pamphlet for their area.”
According to the outlook for St. Joseph and Kalamazoo counties, the industry with the largest projected job growth is health care, with 2,140 new jobs. Other sectors with large job growth projections in the area include food service with 720 more jobs, education with 610, office/clerical with 495 and manufacturing/engineering with 415.
The largest number of online advertised jobs currently available in the area are for truck/tractor drivers with 1,204 jobs openings, industrial engineers with 551 and customer service professionals with 443.
“From Southwest Michigan First’s consultations with existing employers, we surmise that the numbers of open positions might even be higher for some occupations, like mechanical engineers, if employers could fill their current employment gaps,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO of Southwest Michigan First. “We applaud Governor Snyder’s commitment to supporting continued economic development efforts and workforce development through tools, like the Skilled Trades Training Fund and career and technical training coursework, to meet future employer demands.”
Career outlook information for St. Joseph and Kalamazoo counties can be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking here.
Information for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties is available by clicking here.
Customized information for each region of the state are also available online at www.milmi.org. Click on “Publications” in the left column and then click on “Career Outlook 2020.”
Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s website at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.