Engineer in the factory


Centrally located between Detroit and Ann Arbor, the Aerotropolis region provides a labor market spanning 12 counties and containing a labor force of 3 million people.

While 65% of workers in the Aerotropolis live in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, ease of access via I-94 and I-275 attracts employees from 10 counties in more than a 60-mile radius.  More than a quarter of those employed in this region travel 25 miles or more from their home to work. Of those, half travel more than 50 miles.

Detroit Region Aerotropolis Washtenaw & Wayne Counties Michigan
Labor Force 107,121 940,359 4,749,000
Employment 92,516 879,161 4,493,000
Unemployment 14,558 61,198 256,000
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 6.50% 5.40%
Median household income $49,841 (Average) $50,777 (Average) $48,411

Employment Data – SEMCOG 2015, Census Bureau ACS 2014

Average Hourly Wage by Occupation (2016)

In Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

Industry Occupation Avg. Hourly Earnings
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics General and Operations Managers $56.16
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $46.02
Logisticians $38.28
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers $21.51
Cargo and Freight Agents $19.36
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers $14.39
Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Mechanical Engineers $44.87
Electrical Engineers $44.16
Industrial Engineers $41.43
Commercial and Industrial Designers $37.96
Information Technology & Software Computer and Information Systems Managers $62.64
Computer Systems Analysts $43.44
Software Developers, Applications $43.15
Software Developers, Systems Software $42.61
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $36.34
Web Developers $29.26
Professional Services Management Analysts $40.03
Financial Analysts $38.84
Accountants and Auditors $34.35
Insurance Sales Agents $28.86
Customer Service Representatives $16.51

Employees in Our Labor Market

Industry Employees
Professional and Business Services 90,224
Warehousing, Transportation, and Utilities 44,398
Education and Health Services 226,624
Leisure and Hospitality 101,311
Manufacturing 146,443
Financial Activities 44,824
Information 16,336
Wholesale & Retail Trade 116,998

Location Quotient Analysis

Source: Workforce Intelligence Network

A location quotient is a measurement of the concentration of workers in an area compared to the nation as a whole, with a measurement of 1.0 being the baseline.

  • Commercial and industrial designers in Washtenaw and Wayne have a location quotient (LQ) of 8.38, meaning that this type of worker is over 8 times more concentrated in this region than across the nation. Or, commercial and industrial engineers are 738% more concentrated at this geography than the national average.
  • Mechanical, industrial, and electrical engineers have an LQ of 6.57, 4.28, and 2.42, respectively. That is, the concentration for mechanical engineers is 557% higher than the national average, and similarly for industrial and electrical engineers.  
  • The concentration of management analysts (LQ = 0.97), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (LQ = 0.94), and applications software developers (LQ = 1.08) in Washtenaw and Wayne is close to the national average.

Educational Attainment

Educational Attainment: Washtenaw & Wayne Counties
Total Population Age 25+ 2,554,094
Grade K – 8 2.05%
Grade 9 – 12 7.60%
High School Graduate 23.50%
Associates Degree 6.90%
Bachelor’s Degree 19.00%
Graduate Degree 16.75%
Some College, No Degree 22.60%

Talent Resources

Detroit Region Aerotropolis businesses, workers, job seekers, and students have access to a number of educational institutions and workforce training and development resources. These resources help employers identify, recruit, and train current and future employees. It can also help students and job seekers identify and prepare for career opportunities.

Michigan WORKS!

The Michigan Works! Association was established in 1987 to provide services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system. Employers across Michigan turn to Michigan Works! to identify skilled candidates who are prepared and ready to succeed.

Michigan Works! agencies and service centers offer a variety of services, such as online job advertisement, training support, talent recruitment, and resume sorting to ensure that the labor force meets the needs of employers.

There are two Michigan WORKS! offices conveniently located in the Aerotropolis region, and more than two dozen across southeast Michigan.


304 Harriet Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 714-9814

Taylor (located in SEMCA offices)

25363 Eureka Rd., Taylor, MI 48180

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA)

Since 1996 the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) has been a leader in talent development programs. SEMCA partners with various community organizations and contractors to achieve its vision of a competitive economy that is sustained by private and public partnerships that develop a productive workforce. SEMCA is also home to the Workforce Development Board serving Wayne and Monroe Counties.

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance

25363 Eureka Rd., Taylor, MI 48180
(734) 229-3500

Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund

The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) provides competitive awards for employer responsive training that enhances talent, productivity, and employment retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers. The STTF ensures Michigan’s employers have the talent they need to compete and grow and that the individuals have the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

STTF Overview