In the wake of Mayor Bloomberg's controversial comments regarding immigration and the rebuilding of the city of Detroit on "Meet the Press" this weekend, we decided to take a look at hiring activity in the Detroit metro area. The outlook seems rather optimistic.
Employers and recruiting agencies in the Detroit metro area posted over 97,000 jobs online in the past 90 days. This is a 41% improvement over the same period in 2010. In fact, overall hiring demand was up 161% in March over its 4-year low in December 2008, and is up 50% from it's pre-drop peak in May 2008.
Hiring Demand for Detroit Metro Area — Past 90 Days:
The top occupations by hiring demand show strong year-over-year growth. All but three of the top 20 occupations experienced double-digit gains. Industrial Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and Computer Software Engineers, Applications all showed gains of more than 120%.
Top 20 Occupations by Hiring Demand — Detroit Metro Area — Past 90 Days vs. Same Period 2010:
The increase in demand for two of those high-growth occupations, Mechanical Engineers and Computer Software Engineers, Applications, has left recruiters in a bind. Low candidate supply in the Detroit metro area has made both of those occupations harder to fill than the US average, according to WANTED's Hiring Scale.
Hiring Scale Metrics for Detroit High-Growth Occupations:
The top 25 direct employers by hiring demand for the past 90 days are listed below, along with the percentage change from the same period in 2010.
Top 25 Direct Employers by Hiring Demand — Detroit Metro Area — Past 90 Days vs. Same Period 2010: