DETROIT—In a year of coronavirus crisis and record unemployment, positive signs are being seen in the Detroit area, according to the just-released third quarter 2020 labor market report from the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan.

The report contains 522,530 job postings over the three months, 36,204 more job postings than the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 13.7 percent. However, the report was still down 131,730 job postings from the third quarter of 2019, a decline of 20.1 percent from a year earlier.

“While the marketplace continues its gradual recovery, employers are hiring again,” said Michelle Wein, director of research and regional initiatives at WIN. “There is still caution and uncertainty as we enter the winter months, yet we’ve come a long way over the course of this year like no other.”

Corresponding to the high demand related to online commerce, occupations in transportation, distribution, and logistics saw the greatest demand in postings in the third quarter of 2020, followed by healthcare.

WIN’s new report found the following to be the top 10 occupations offering opportunities to job seekers:

  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (22,982 postings)
  • Registered nurses (14,378)
  • Retail salespersons (9,837)
  • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers (9,709)
  • Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers (7,421)
  • Light truck drivers (6,437)
  • Stockers and order fillers (5,982)
  • Customer service representatives (5,642)
  • Home health and personal care aides (5,231)
  • Child care workers (4,652)

Released quarterly, six weeks after each quarter ends, the WIN Region labor market report highlights employment trends, top jobs and information for custom occupation groups across the 16-county region of southeast Michigan.

Review the entire WIN region Q3 2020 report at https://winintelligence.org/data-research/labor-market-reports/win-region/

For more information pertaining to the labor market in southeast Michigan, the custom occupation groups within this report, or other workforce-related data projects, visit  www.WINintelligence.org.

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between nine community colleges and six Michigan Works Agencies, in partnership with other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 16-county area, including Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. WIN was founded in 2011 with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.