Points of View

  • Talent Demand Report Highlight: West Michigan Commuting Patterns
  • Four Insights from the Talent Demand Report

    Four Insights from the Talent Demand Report

    Within the Talent Demand report, there are a few insights found in common with focus group participants from across seven sectors. Learn what employers discussed about millennials, company culture, soft skills, and social media. 

  • Study Finds Job Loss Causes More Stress for Black Americans
  • A Preview of the 2018 Talent Demand Report

    A Preview of the 2018 Talent Demand Report

    The fifth annual West Michigan Talent Assessment and Outlook report will be available on our website tomorrow. Today’s post will provide you with a sneak peek of some highlights included in the report.  

  • Why Adult Literacy and Basic Education are Barriers to Employment
  • How Child Care is a Barrier for Apprentices

    How Child Care is a Barrier for Apprentices

    A report from the National Skills Coalition explains how child care is a barrier for many parents to starting apprenticeship programs and highlights a program that has seen success by assisting with childcare costs. 

  • Workforce Diversity by Age in West Michigan

    Workforce Diversity by Age in West Michigan

    While both the unemployment rate and labor force participation rate have continued to improve in West Michigan, progress has not been distributed evenly throughout the region. In this post, we will look at pockets of high unemployment and low labor force participation rates across age groups.

  • Talent 2025 and Michigan Works! Collaborate to Increase Diversity in Hiring