Michigan ranked 14th in private sector employment growth from 2015 to 2016, up from the 24th fastest growth rate the prior period. Michigan’s private sector employment growth rate was more than double that of the “Top Ten” average, and trailed only Washington and California among peer states.

What It Is: Year-over-year change in the number of residents with a private-sector job.

Why It Matters: Higher levels of private employment indicate both economic strength and prosperity among the state’s residents.

Employment Growth Trends

Employment Growth Standings

Regional Employment Growth


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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)