Michigan Works says job picture in mid-Michigan facing bright future

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – 2015 was a solid year for US jobs. Last month employers added about 300,000 workers to their payrolls.

That’s according to a new jobs report from the US Department of Labor.

But how does mid-Michigan fare?

Our Neha Sheth (Nay-ha Shay-th) is here for you in the newsroom with the latest numbers.

Nationally the unemployment rate for 2015 held steady at 5 percent.

On Friday 6 News talked with the CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works who says the job picture here in mid-Michigan is facing an even brighter future.

Now take a look. The lowest unemployment rate lies in Clinton County. That’s at 3 percent.

In Eaton County it’s 3.3 percent and here in Ingham County the unemployment rate is at the highest at 3.5 percent.

And while these numbers are all still well below the national average, Michigan Works says there’s still work left to do.

In the face of global fears mid-Michigan’s economy is sitting pretty well. But there’s a catch.

“Regardless of what the unemployment rate is we are always busy with people coming in looking for better opportunities,” said Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO, Capital Area Michigan Works.

In fact CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works says the company still has 2,500 jobs open on its website.

“But certainly those jobs include everything from very entry level all the way up to uhh needing some type of degree.”

Those jobs include baristas to tax accountants and everything in between.

But Edythe Hatter-Williams says there’s something called a skills mix match that’s hurting some from getting their golden opportunity.

“So maybe it means that a person needs an additional certification. Which means you would have to go to either some type of training entity or to a college or university to get that specific skill set.”

And while Michigan’s minimum wage spiked in the new year, Hatter-Williams says the best way to land a job that’s steady and pays well is to look for careers that are in demand like IT, nursing and marketing.

“Because those careers will umm tend to pay umm higher wages and have more opportunities for career advancement.”
Now if you’re interested in applying for a job in the New Year, call 1-800-285-WORK (9675) or visit http://www.camw.org/CareerSeekers

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