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 410,000.
Shiawassee County I-69 Thumb Region1 Detroit MSA2 Michigan
33,974 410,315 2,144,842 4,889,594
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2012 1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron Counties, Michigan. 2Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, 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 ACT test, and average SAT test scores of 1766 compared to a U.S. average of 1498, where the higher the score the better. Visit the Education section for more information on local schools, colleges and universities.
  Shiawassee County I-69 Thumb Region1 Detroit MSA2 Michigan USA
High School or Equivalent 89.9% 88.5% 88.4% 88.7% 85.7%
2-year College Graduates 10.2% 9.2% 8.1% 8.4% 7.7%
4-year College Graduates 9.1% 10.76% 16.6% 15.7% 17.9%
Graduate Degrees 5.4% 6.02% 11.3% 9.8% 10.6%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2012 1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee, Sanilac, Tuscola and Huron Counties, Michigan. 2Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, Michigan MSA Index where 100 = U.S. Average.
Average Wages
The four-county region, which includes Shiawassee County, has average wages of $19.99, which is more than 10% lower than the Detroit MSA.
Shiawassee County Four-County Region1 Detroit MSA2 Michigan USA
N/A $19.99 $22.91 $21.14 $22.01
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2013 1Shiawassee County along with Lapeer, St. Clair, and Genesee Counties, Michigan. 2Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, Michigan MSA
Unionization
There have been no union wins in Shiawassee County in the past eight years, and only one attempt to have an election (which failed). 
Union Elections
Year Number of Elections Union Wins Union Losses # Certifications / # Decertifications
2013 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0
February, 2011 0 0  0
2010 1 0 1 1/0
2009 0 0  0
2008 0  0  0
2007 0  0  0
2006 0  0  0
Source: National Labor Relations Board, LRI