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Upper Peninsula-wide labor market study slated to begin

MARQUETTE, MI— The Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council has hired TIP Strategies to conduct a comprehensive, county-by-county U.P. labor market study.

The study will address several key areas, including measuring wages and benefits, workforce shortages, seasonal employment impacts, commuter trends, and barriers to employment, among others. Officials say the study will also focus on researching existing workforce infrastructure, providing industry training projections, and identifying resources and best practices for greater economic prosperity.

Funding for the project comes from a Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant, and a matching funds grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The study will begin this month and the results will be completed and made available in late spring of 2023.

The Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council consists of local economic and community development organizations and planning agencies from across the U.P., as well as Michigan Works and InvestUP.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.