Points of View

  • Talent 2025 and Michigan Works! Collaborate to Increase Diversity in Hiring
  • Exploring Reasons for the Rebound in Labor Force Participation
  • Children in Poverty Across West Michigan

    Children in Poverty Across West Michigan

    The rising cost of child care is one of the major barriers to gaining or maintaining employment for adults in West Michigan, where disparities in the poverty status of children are prevalent across counties.


  • How Other States are Improving Child Care

    How Other States are Improving Child Care

    Child care is a barrier for many adults hoping to enter or remain in the workforce. This problem is not limited to Michigan, but many other states have existing programs that can be modeled or replicated here to address the issues in child care. 

  • Helping Returning Citizens Gain Occupational Licenses

    Helping Returning Citizens Gain Occupational Licenses

    A recent NBC News article reports that many returning citizens face discrimination when it comes to obtaining occupational licenses. Changes in policy and employer attitudes can help alleviate this issue. 

  • Disparities in Educational Attainment Across Counties

    Disparities in Educational Attainment Across Counties

    While Talent 2025 is working to boost post-secondary attainment across the region, we’re also working to establish and support accessible, affordable training programs for adults, like apprenticeships. 

  • How Apprenticeships Can Reduce Barriers to In-Demand Jobs
  • Are boys negatively affected by the lack of male teachers?

    Are boys negatively affected by the lack of male teachers?

    In a series on diversity among teachers, Brookings uses NAEP test data and college graduate demographics to explore whether boys are negatively impacted by the lack of gender diversity among teachers.