Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties.

Local Labor Force Continues Post-COVID Growth; But There’s Still Cause for Concern

September 21, 2023

Monthly labor force data shows the regional workforce is approaching pre-COVID levels. However, the region’s aging population poses a long term challenge.

By: Sam Bailey – Strategic Initiatives Manager, NLEA There is good newsread more

Seasonal Swing Begins: Summer Labor Force Expectations

May 5, 2023

summer teen job population

This article examines the annual labor force cycle as thousands of workers enter the the labor force each summer.

By Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager It is May in Northern Michigan! College students and seasonal residents… read more

Back to Normal or a New Normal?

November 21, 2022

Back to Normal or New Normal in Northern Michigan Workforce

This article examines the post-COVID labor force. While seasonal cycles remain, the total number of people in the workforce is smaller than before.

by Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager The year 2022 was supposed to be the year when… read more

School is Out, Are Teen Workers In?

June 21, 2022

This article examines the integral role of young workers in meeting seasonal labor demands. However, long term demographic trends show this labor pool is shrinking.

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA Strategic Initiatives Manager With high school and… read more

Quantifying the Local Labor Shortage

August 18, 2021

Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, discover how industry clusters are growing or shrinking in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet County.

By: Sam Bailey, NLEA/DTE Foundation Graduate Intern Living in Northern Lower Michigan,… read more

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