Michigan ranked 20th in private sector employment growth from 2016 to 2017, down from the 15th fastest growth rate the prior period. Michigan’s private sector employment growth matched the “Top Ten” average, but trailed the peer state average.

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)