Survey to employers on need for workers: Preliminary results
Led by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor SPARK, in collaboration with the Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast
Michigan (WIN), recently developed a concise, nine-question survey to be distributed to over 300+ companies in Livingston County to assess the severity of the need for workers in our region.
Both the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Chamber of Commerce supported the effort, distributing the
survey to their entire membership rosters. While the survey remains open and results are incomplete, preliminary findings seem to support the vast anecdotal evidence being heard by SPARK, Chamber, and Michigan Works staff regarding the current state of the labor supply in Livingston County.
Most importantly, 53 percent of the nearly 200 respondents currently have unfilled jobs available at their businesses. Most of these open jobs fall into the $10-$13 per hour wage range, though respondents have openings in a variety of wage ranges, from under $10 per hour to over $20 per hour. Respondents come from a range of industries, including manufacturing, R&D, and retail. We look forward to sharing conclusive results with you once more data comes in.