Points of View

  • Educational Attainment in West Michigan

    Educational Attainment in West Michigan

    Although Talent 2025 is working to boost post-secondary attainment across the region, we’re still shy of our goal for this leading indicator. In today’s post we will take a closer look at the education levels of our region’s adult population.

  • Long time-to-fill may cost employers top candidates
  • Freelancers model the future of education and work

    Freelancers model the future of education and work

    Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel explains why recent survey results from freelancers show that skills training will become more important than four-year degrees.

  • Migration Across West Michigan

    Migration Across West Michigan

    The 5-year estimates available from the U.S. Census Bureau provide the information necessary to compare migration patterns across West Michigan to the migration patterns of the other 70 counties in Michigan, while also identifying popular destinations for those leaving the region.

  • Employers Prepare to Respond to Legal Recreational Marijuana
  • Working Up project advocates for workforce development
  • Veterans in West Michigan

    Veterans in West Michigan

    We take a closer look at pockets of high unemployment and low labor force participation rates for veterans across the 13-county West Michigan region.

  • Why Michigan Should Defend “Ban the Box” Policy

    Why Michigan Should Defend “Ban the Box” Policy

    Last month, Governor Snyder enacted legislation to “ban the box,” or to stop asking applicants for state jobs or occupational license about their criminal histories. Some have argued against this change, but it is an important policy that is good for business.