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May 2021: Professional Trades Month

WHEREAS, across the nation, many businesses require highly skilled workers to fill a multitude of trades in the health care, construction, manufacturing/industry, and service categories; and,


WHEREAS, the skilled trades community holds the country together as we call these very people to fix our cars, install plumbing, build our homes, draw our blood, and make sure our computer networks run efficiently, among many other duties; and,


WHEREAS, as Michigan's economy continues to grow and become more competitive, it is necessary for Michigan to educate and employ men and women who have chosen one of many skilled trades; and,

WHEREAS, a sizable professional trades shortage exists in Michigan and is expected to continue through 2026; and,


WHEREAS, professional trades will account for nearly 530,000 jobs in the Michigan economy through 2028, and approximately 47,000 job openings are expected annually in the state during that time; and,


WHEREAS, opportunities exist in a variety of emerging industries including IT, health care, advanced manufacturing, construction, automotive, and many other career fields that do not require a four-year degree; and,


WHEREAS, during the month of May, we join the nation to honor those in the professional trades fields, show the value of professional trades, and focus on promoting educational opportunities and career awareness;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as Professional Trades Month in Michigan.