Michigan's manufacturing economy is shrinking, while skilled trades like electrical work, construction, and the entire healthcare industry are outsourcing jobs because they can't find trained workers here.
In response, the governor's joined all the state agencies involved in that economic battle with a pledge to place 30,000 people in careers by the end of the year. They call it the Michigan Opportunity Partnership.
In addition to placement, the initiative requires the state to contact 35,000 companies to find out where the jobs are. Michigan Works directors say that's a problem they have in placement.
The governor and her partners in the MI Opportunity Partnership say it’s a short-term part of a much larger jobs initiative. As far as long-term big goals, the conversation is very focused on revamping the education system, diversifying the economy, and retraining the workforce for 21st century jobs.