Manufacturing Employment Trends

Michigan Metro Areas

August 2020 Update


After strong come back in June, manufacturing in Michigan's metropolitan areas continued to recover by adding a further 4,900 jobs in July.

Using Localintel's free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state's metro areas. At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

These 5 Michigan metro areas recorded the steepest increase in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Grand Rapids-Wyoming3.1%3,100
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI   Metropolitan Division1.6%1,400
Niles-Benton Harbor1.6%200

Observation 2

These 5 Michigan metro areas experienced the largest gains in manufacturing jobs in July 2020 (measured by the change in the number of manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Namechange in jobs% increase
Grand Rapids-Wyoming3,1003.1%
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI   Metropolitan Division1,4001.6%
Niles-Benton Harbor2001.6%

Observation 3

The following 3 Michigan metro areas recorded manufacturing job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills,   MI Metropolitan Division-0.5%-700

Observation 4

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities added a combined total of 3,700 manufacturing jobs last month led by Grand Rapids and Detroit metro areas.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills,   MI Metropolitan Division140700-700
Grand Rapids-Wyoming1046003,100
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI   Metropolitan Division890001,400
Lansing-East Lansing161000

Observation 5

The 5 Michigan metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) added a combined total of 3,400 manufacturing jobs in July.

NameLQchange in jobs
Niles-Benton Harbor2.6200
Grand Rapids-Wyoming2.33,100
Battle Creek2.20

Observation 6

In July 2020, there were 57,800 fewer manufacturing jobs in Michigan metros than in July 2019.

Observation 7

Here’s how Michigan’s recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at   

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