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New U.S. Employment Data for May Show Largest Number of Employed Detroiters Since 2009

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  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers shows Detroit employment grew by nearly 1,700 over last month to 227,894
  • BLS data also shows growing workforce, adding 2960 Detroiters since April

Numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that more Detroiters are working today than at any time since the national economic collapse in 2009. According to BLS numbers for May 2018, which are the most recent available, 227,894 Detroiters were employed, up 1,690 from April and up 21,326 since January 2014, when Mayor Mike Duggan took office.

Detroit’s labor force also grew by nearly 3,000 residents in May, which is another key indicator of the city’s improving economic health. The unemployment rate for May was 7.9%, down from nearly 18% in January 2014.
Jeff Donofrio, executive director of workforce development, said today’s numbers reflect efforts by the city and the Detroit at Work job training and placement program to connect residents to job opportunities.

“Making sure Detroit’s recovery translates into jobs for Detroiters is something the entire administration works on every day,” Donofrio said. “We still have a long way to go, but our strategies are working and we are going to continue to build on them.”

The city has taken several steps to provide greater access to jobs, starting with the creation of the Detroit at Work program, which connects Detroit residents to training opportunities for in-demand jobs in fields like construction, health care and IT. Today, residents can get connected to over 6,400 open positions and over 130 training programs by visiting DetroitAtWork.com or calling 313-962-WORK.

Employed Detroiters, Jan 2010 – May 2018

Employed  Detroiters, Jan 2010 – May 2018

Beyond job placement, the Duggan Administration has taken several additional steps to break down barriers to employment through Detroit at Work including:

  • Creating a a free Driver Responsibility Fee forgiveness program for tens of thousands of Detroit residents to eliminate thousands of dollars in fees and give residents the opportunity to get their driver’s license restored months ahead of schedule. In Detroit alone, 76,000 residents owe an average of $1,600 in responsibility fees.
  • Investing millions in the city’s Career Technical Centers, including Randolph and Breithaupt CTCs, where skilled trades like construction, hospitality, auto mechanics and more are taught to hundreds of Detroit students during the day and hundreds more 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.

Detroit Unemployment Rate, Jan 2010 – May 2-18

Detroit Unemployment Rate, Jan 2010 – May 2-18
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