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Michigan Online Job Ads Grow in February

There were just over 183,900 total job advertisements in February 2024, of which 74,200 were newly posted. This increase was larger than the typical January to February rise in recent years. While ads grew in volume, they still fell below the quantity from February 2023 which had over 202,100 total ads.

Most job advertisements requested a minimum level of education in their description. Of the ads that list an education requirement, 51.6 percent (53,390 ads) listed a high school diploma or GED as the minimum requirement. The next most advertised minimum education level was a bachelor's degree at 33.0 percent (34,150 ads). Significantly fewer ads requested an associate degree or master’s degree or higher at 10.3 percent (10,620 ads) and 5.2 percent (5,370 ads), respectively.

More than half of Michigan job ads in February 2024 only required a high school diploma.


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The industries that produced the largest quantity of job advertisements were General medical and surgical hospitals with 8,530 ads, Limited-service restaurants with 5,290 ads, and Offices of physicians (except mental health specialists) with 4,190 ads. General medical and surgical hospitals contributed to 4.6 percent of all job postings during February, with a significant portion of the industry’s ads (27.5 percent) dedicated to Registered nurses. Overall, the most advertised occupations across Michigan in February were Registered nurses (8,260 ads), Retail salespersons (6,620 ads), and First-line supervisors of retail sales workers (4,730 ads).

Spotlight: Healthcare Support Occupations

Healthcare support occupations are vital to Michigan’s workforce and healthcare industry. There were 9,730 total job advertisements in February that were categorized as Healthcare support. This occupation group contains jobs such as Medical assistants (740 ads), Caregivers (630 ads), and Dental assistants (500 ads) which represent the top three most advertised jobs within this group. Nearly 10 percent of advertisements for this occupation group were posted by Corewell Health, Ascension, and Trinity Health.

Many Healthcare support occupations had hundreds of ads in Michigan in February 2024.


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Most of the jobs within this occupation group requested a minimum level of education to be qualified for the positions. Of the ads with a listed education requirement, a vast majority (90.0 percent) requested the completion of a high school diploma or a GED. Only 10.0 percent of jobs within this field requested an associate degree or higher. The minimum education requirements indicated that this field is accessible to those who do not have a college degree. In addition to the educational requirements, many Healthcare support occupations request certifications to ensure applicants are trained for their roles. The most requested certifications were basic life support, certified nursing assistant (CNA), and registered nurse (RN).

Many of the advertisements within this occupation group request specific skills to be qualified for the positions. The most requested skills can be organized into three categories: common, specialized, and software skills. A common skill can be defined as a skill that is nonspecialized and can apply to a variety of occupations. The most advertised common skills for Healthcare support were communication, customer service, and clerical work. A specialized skill refers to occupation-specific skills and might require more training than common skills. The most requested specialized skills were caregiving, medical assistance, and vital signs. Lastly, software skills include the knowledge of specific computer programs and/or applications. The top software skills were Epic EMR, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel.

Explore the latest Michigan online job ad data with the Michigan Online Job Advertisements Dashboard. This product provides monthly measures of labor demand (advertised vacancies) for the state and by Michigan Prosperity Region.