Michigan a Leader in Engineering and Skilled Trades

Michigan has more electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineers per capita than any other state in the United States. According to the 2011 Occupational Employment Sta¬tistics data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight out of every 1,000 people in Michigan is an electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineer. Michigan’s engineers-to-population ratio is more than double the U.S. average, and is 166 percent that of the next highest-ranking state, Connecticut.

Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineers per 1,000 Population. Source BLS.

In terms of skilled trades workers, Michigan ranks third nationwide, with 19 skilled trades workers for every 1,000 population. Indiana and Ohio rank number first and second, respectively, with 22 and 20 skilled trades per 1,000-population. Five of top six states in skilled trades concentration are in the Great Lakes region (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Penn¬sylvania, and Illinois).

Skilled Trades Workers per 1,000 Population, 2011. Source: BLS; Selected occupations in 49- and 51- SOCs.

Reprinted with permission from the Center for Automotive Research and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. July 2012 issue of “Michigan Automotive Focus”.