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Macomb County has a robust workforce. Whether it's skilled trades, high-tech, engineering or sales, we have the job experience profiles you need to start, grow or advance your business.

Macomb County: Blue Collar to New Collar

For decades, Macomb County was known as a typical blue-collar community. It is no longer just a community of going to work, rolling-up-your-sleeves employees pounding out the Motor City’s latest muscle-bound V-8.

Today’s Macomb County is changing from blue collar to new collar – manufacturing jobs that require a technical skill set.

Macomb County workforce

Today, Macomb County has a vast, varied, robust workforce. Whether its skilled trades, high-tech, engineering or sales, Macomb County has the job experience profiles you need to start, grow or advance your business.

Types of workers

With a population of nearly 877,014, Macomb County has a labor force of more than 463,525 (working or seeking employment), with more than 372,001 of those regionally employed. (Source: Lightcast)

Macomb County data

Population 877,014
Labor force 463,525
Unemployment 3.69%
Labor Force Participation  65%
White-collar jobs 61%
Blue-collar jobs 24%
Service industry jobs 15%


Macomb's educational attainment

61% of Macomb County residents have some level of college education.
61% of Macomb County residents have some level of college education to advanced degrees (above the state average). 

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne counties

Labor force 2,221,907
Regional employment 2,095,184
Regional unemployment  3.82%

Macomb County’s top occupations - specialties

Engineering plays a key role in supporting the growth and development of a community’s economy. There is a strong link between Macomb County’s engineering capacity and its economic development.

Macomb has a strong collection of engineers, with 5,256 mechanical engineers; 3,516 industrial engineers; 1,322 electrical engineers; 1,354 civil engineers; and 3,025 other types of engineers. Michigan has the third-largest engineering, design and development (EDD) workforce in the nation, with more than 100,500 employed in related industries in 2023. Employment in EDD industries is almost twice as concentrated in Michigan as the national average (1.98).

Michigan employs 4,500 commercial and industrial designers, the most in the nation. And Michigan has the highest concentration of these workers, five times higher than the national average, all of which makes Michigan a leader in the employment and concentration of commercial and industrial designers, industrial engineers, and mechanical engineers.​​​​​ (Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation)

Macomb County makes the tools that make the parts. The state of Michigan employs more tool and die makers (nearly 53,000) than any other state in the country, and Macomb County accounts for roughly 20% of those jobs. As of 2023, Macomb County employed 8,938 tool and die makers, 679% above the national average. (Source: Lightcast)

With 17,550 positions, miscellaneous assembly jobs have increased 35% in Macomb County since 2010. And machine tool operator jobs have seen their numbers swell to 4,780 jobs in the county since 2010, growing at a rate of 54%.

Macomb County has more than 3,000 software developers.

Access to current and future talent

Macomb Community College (MCC) is one of the largest, most diverse community colleges in the country. Students have access to a wide variety of curricula for both associate degrees and certificates.

In addition:​​​​​

MCC offers an Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program, which combines on-the-job training with classroom and lab instruction. The College also offers extensive training in

Those who already hold associates degrees can work through MCC’s University Center to connect with 10 four-year institutions to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Nearby universities

Macomb County is also centrally located around several four-year universities, including Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University, Oakland University University of Detroit-Mercy, and the Macomb Community College University Center. Within a short drive are the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. Students can choose to live on campus or commute.

High School Career Tech programs

Macomb County public schools have 248 CTE programs for students to get hands-on training prior to seeking employment or secondary education. Career and Technical Education occupational programs offered in the county include:

  • Agri-science and Natural Resources
  • Allied Health Technologies
  • Business Services and Technology
  • Child and Adult Care Services
  • Cosmetology
  • Hospitality and Food Services
  • Life Management Education/Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Marketing Education
  • Trade and Industry

Two of its public schools are Ford Next Generation Learning Communities, which use a collaborative, community-driven approach to achieve increased community prosperity, a strengthened talent pipeline, prepare students for college, careers, lifelong learning and leadership and educational equity. 

Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

A leader in coordinating and providing quality, comprehensive workforce development, employment and training services, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!  is comprised of trained professionals. Its staff assists in career and business development. Its goal is to prepare job seekers for in-demand careers and help employers connect with those job seekers who have the right skills. Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! Is a great connection point for veterans, unemployed, second-chance citizens, and young professionals just starting their careers.

Through Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!, employers providing on-the-job-training can be reimbursed for up to 50% of the new employee’s wages for a designated period of time for those that are eligible.