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More Detroiters joining workforce, number of employed residents rises to highest level in 7 years

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Numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Detroit’s labor force grew by over 1,600 residents and more than 1,000 Detroiters found employment in the last month, joining nearly 20,000 more Detroiters who are now employed since 2014. Today’s numbers reflect efforts by the city and Detroit at Work employer and training partners to connect residents to job opportunities.


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Today, 225,758 Detroiters are employed, up 1,045 since august and 19,190 since January 2014 when Mayor Mike Duggan took office. This is the highest level of employment in the last seven years.

When Mayor Duggan took office in January 2014, the city’s unemployment rate was 17.6%. Since that time, there are nearly 20,000 more employed Detroiters. In 2017 alone, 6,811 Detroiters gained employment, one of the largest year over year gains in over a decade.



The Duggan administration has taken several steps to provide greater access to jobs, as well as job training and placement, including:

  • Creating the Detroit At Work program, which connects Detroit residents training opportunities for in-demand jobs in fields like construction, health care and IT.
  • Investing $10 million in the Randolph Career Technical Center, where skilled and construction trades are taught to more than 300 Detroit students during the day and 300 adults at night.
  • Working with DPS and Quicken Loans to digitize millions of high school transcripts to make them easily accessible to DPS graduates who require them to obtain employment.
  • Launching a prison-based training program that prepares inmates for jobs in environmental remediation, culinary arts, equipment operation and more.


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