Points of View

  • 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
  • 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.