Workforce

Shiawassee County has a large and productive workforce, and its access to both the I-69 Thumb region and the Detroit region afford it tens of thousands of additional workers who can commute into the county.

Workforce Size

Shiawassee County proper has a workforce of nearly 34,000. The seven-county I-69 International Trade Corridor region brings the workforce to about 400,000.

Shiawassee County I-69 Thumb Region1 Detroit MSA2 Michigan
33,500 396,055 2,427,706 4,953,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2019

1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron Counties, Michigan.
2Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan MSA


Educational Attainment

Shiawassee County has high school graduation rates and 2-year college graduation rates that exceed the U.S. average. The State of Michigan also has a 100% participation rate in the SAT test, and average SAT test scores of 1003 compared to a U.S. average of 1059 in 2019, where the higher the score the better.

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  Shiawassee County I-69 Thumb Region1 Detroit MSA2 Michigan USA
High School or Equivalent 92.4% 90.0% 91.6% 91.1% 88.3%
2-year College Graduates 11.5% 10.8% 9.8% 9.6% 8.6%
4-year College Graduates 11.3% 11.0% 17.7% 18.0% 20.0%
Graduate Degrees 5.8% 5.8% 12.2% 11.5% 12.6%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2019

1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron Counties, Michigan.
2Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan MSA


Average Wages

Shiawassee County has a weekly average wage of $816.00, 22% lower than the average wage for Detroit MSA and 32% lower than the national average. 

Shiawassee County I/69 Thumb Region Detroit MSA2 Michigan USA
$816.00 $838.00 $1,049.50 $1,077.00 $1,185.00

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2019

1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, and Genesee Counties, Michigan.
2Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, Michigan MSA


Unionization

There has been one successful union election in Shiawassee County since 2011: 

Union Elections        
Year Number of Elections Union Wins Union Losses # Certifications / # Decertifications
2018 0 0 0  
2017 1 1 0 1/0
2016 1 0 1  
2015 0 0 0  
2014 0 0 0  
2013 0 0 0  
2012 0 0 0  
February, 2011 0 0 0  

Source: National Labor Relations Board, LRI