Ann Arbor Workforce

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The Ann Arbor region is home to a capable, skilled and ever-expanding workforce. Over 50% of Ann Arbor residents have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. The combined population of Washtenaw and Livingston Counties is over 525,000 and an additional four million people reside within a 45-mile radius of the city of Ann Arbor.

Total Labor Force

  March 2016
Washtenaw & Livingston Counties 221,800 



  2013 2014 2015
Michigan 8.9 7.3 5.4
US 7.4 6.2 5.3
Washtenaw County 5.9 4.8 3.5
Livingston County 8,1 6.7 4.9


Percent Union

Michigan 16.5%
US 11.9%

Source: BLS


Total Graduates 2015

Total Graduates 18,400



Percent Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

  Bachelor’s Graduate degree
Washtenaw County 25.7% 24.5%
Michigan 13.9% 8.1%
US 15.7% 8.9%



University of Michigan: Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

Enrollment 2015 42,716
Degrees 2015 13,858

Research – According to National Science Foundation analysis, University of Michigan consistently ranks in the top five research universities in the US.


Eastern Michigan University: Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

Enrollment 2015 12,896
Degrees awarded winter 2015 4,542


Washtenaw Community College

2010 enrollment exceeded 14,000 for the first time. The college assists local employers in a variety of ways:

  • The Business and Industry Services offers customized training to business, either at the college or on site.
  • The college can assist with conference services.
  • Employers may post job openings on the WCC Website.



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