Michigan’s tight labor market: How it could change in 2022 – Detroit Free Press

Heading into 2022, there were 265,000 fewer Michiganders working in traditional jobs that the government tracks compared with the number working before the pandemic. At the same time, there were 259,687 job openings in Michigan.

This November data from Help Wanted Online and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget illustrates how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the state’s labor market. There are now about 4.5 million Michigan residents employed, according to November data, compared with 4.7 million in February 2020 before the pandemic.

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