Detroiters Undeterred by Lack of Job Prospects
Residents Committed to Staying in City and Have Suggestions on How to Improve
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 29, 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --More than three-quarters (76
percent) of Detroit residents are not considering moving outside the city to
find a job, despite a 9.9 percent unemployment rate, according to the "Way to
Work" survey conducted by Adecco Staffing US, part of the world's largest
provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. This civic loyalty remains
despite the fact that a majority (78 percent) of those unemployed do not feel
confident that they will find a job in the next three to five months and 66
percent are not confident they will find one in the next six to 12 months.
Among the biggest challenges for Detroit jobseekers, 61 percent say there
aren't enough jobs available and 18 percent believe it is too expensive to
travel to job interviews. Another serious problem is that there seems to be a
disconnect between the jobs that are available and the skills that jobseekers
possess. In fact, 38 percent of respondents believe Detroit job applicants
lack the required education or specialized training for jobs that are
currently open, and 36 percent believe local job seekers lack the skills and
training for the new jobs and industries that are coming to the area.
"Detroit is a resilient city, as evidenced by the loyalty of its residents,"
said Lauren Griffin, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing US. "As the city
continues to reinvent itself and begins to attract new industries, residents
will need the right skills to meet the evolving needs of the city. All
stakeholders – businesses, government, and residents – need to do their part
to help close the local skills gap."
When it comes to obtaining the skills they need for the jobs that exist,
residents feel the state government should actively support the effort. Nearly
one-fifth (19 percent) say the state should partner with the new industries
and businesses that are coming to Detroit to offer more specialized training,
and 18 percent say the state should partner with local colleges / universities
and trade schools to provide free or subsidized higher education / learning
programs. Residents would also like to see a more concerted effort behind
encouraging new industries, such as technology and healthcare, to come and
develop in the Detroit area (20 percent).
To offer Detroit residents some help with their job search, Adecco will be
hosting a "careerathon" on April 30 at the Wayne State University Campus in
the McGreggor Memorial Conference Center. From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., attendees
will be able learn about tips, tools, and resources to help them find
employment. Free services will be available throughout the course of the day,
including 1:1 career counseling, job search advice, resume tips, mock
interviews, and networking opportunities.
The Detroit "careerathon" is part of Adecco's global "Way to Work" program,
which is designed to address one of the most serious issues impacting today's
labor market – youth unemployment. Similar careerathons will take place at
hundreds of Adecco branches across the country.
"Detroit is a city that everyone wants to see succeed, but fixing its
unemployment problem is going to be a long task," Griffin said. "We believe
that Adecco has the right position, connections, and resources to help make a
difference in the lives of these individuals that are eager to get back to
For a link to the full survey results, visit www.adeccousa.com. To learn more
about Way to Work, visit www.waytowork.com
This telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco
among a sample of 500 Americans in the Detroit metropolitan area ages 18 and
older. The survey was fielded between April 10th and 15th, 2013. Results have
a margin of error of +/- 4.4% at the 95% confidence level.
About Adecco Staffing US
Adecco Staffing US is the nation's leading provider of recruitment and
workforce solutions. It is the pre-eminent workforce management partner for
Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers,
serving all of the key industries and professions that drive the US economy
forward. Adecco has more than 900 career centers and, on any given day,
connects 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the
country, making them one ofAmerica's largest employers. Visit adeccousa.com
for more information.
About the Adecco Group:
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading
provider of HR solutions. With more than 29,000 FTE employees and more than
5,800 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world,
Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000
colleagues with more than 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall
into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement,
outsourcing, consulting, and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune
Global 500 company.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and is listed on
the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).
About Adecco Group North America:
Every day we provide our clients with the talent they need, and help solve the
business challenges they face today – and will encounter tomorrow. Our clients
rely on us for a wide range of workforce solutions including:
oContingent staffing and direct hire recruitment for large enterprise
organizations across all skill sets
oWorkforce solutions and consulting including Managed Services Programs
(MSP) & Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
oCareer transition and leadership consulting
oSpecialty staffing, project solutions and consulting services
Additional information is available through our websites at
www.adeccogroupna.com and www.adeccousa.com.
SOURCE Adecco Staffing US
Contact: Vannessa Almeida, Adecco Staffing US, (212) 843-1965,
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