Workforce Development

  • Department Updates
    As of August 11, 2019 the Workforce Development Agency and the Unemployment Insurance Agency have transferred to the newly created Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

    These moves, identified in Executive Order 2019-13, are part of a larger restructuring effort aimed at consolidating workforce and economic development functions and streamlining and better coordinating state government efforts to meet Michigan’s business and labor needs.

    The Workforce Development (WD) vision is to promote a flexible, innovative, and effective workforce system within the State of Michigan. To accomplish this, WD supports a demand driven workforce system, assists the structurally unemployed with financial independence, advocates for the integration of workforce development into the K-12 school system, and supports the alignment of workforce development with economic development efforts.

What's New

  • Learn More, Earn More

    Do you need to improve your reading, writing, or math skills, or earn a high school diploma or equivalent? Over 100 Adult Education programs are available statewide and instruction can be done in a classroom or online. If you are ready to Learn More to Earn More, Adult Education classes may be for you.

  • Talent Development Liaisons

    The Talent Development Liaisons (TDLs) are responsible for engaging employers and educators to comprehensively address talent needs focused on mid- and long-term development skill gaps in key industries in each region statewide.

  • Going PRO Talent Fund

    The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund), formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.

Workforce Connections

  • link to Pure Michigan Talent Connect, Your launch pad for new jobs, careers, and talent
  • Job and Career Fairs: Find Career Events across Michigan connecting Talent with Employers



    Pathfinder: Explore careers, schools and programs in Michigan to find the path that is right for you.


    Going PRO in Michigan with professional trades