Detroit making strong pandemic recovery, UM economic forecasters say

Detroit making strong pandemic recovery, UM economic forecasters say

Fewer Detroiters are jobless following last year’s pandemic-induced downturn, but low wages remain an obstacle for workers, according to a University of Michigan forecast released Monday. 

Unemployment in the city is returning to pre-pandemic levels and it’s expected to decrease even further in the coming years as a bundle of blue-collar jobs come online.

But wages remain a challenge. Fewer than 30% of Detroit residents who worked full time earned enough to support a family of three at a middle-class standard of living in 2019, based on the latest data available to forecasters.

That figure is magnified for workers who don’t have an advanced degree — while 59% of full-time workers with bachelor’s degrees could eke out a middle-class life for a family of three, only 16% of full-time workers with a high school diploma or less could do the same.

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