Anderson Economic Group Work

Design economy on a comeback

After a major retrenchment, the design sector of Michigan is growing again – with hundreds of new jobs as industrial designers, graphic designers, music directors and composers added since the recession ended around 2011.

Creative jobs grew with the local economy between 2011 and 2014, but, have a long way to go before reaching the 2003 levels, according to a report by Anderson Economic Group for thePrima Civitas Foundation, an East Lansing-based economic and community development organization.

There were 22,750 creative jobs in 2014, up 6 percent from 12,464 in 2011. However, it is still down from the high of 27,000 in 2003.

Growth in the creative sector is driven partially by demand from companies, but, also by the influx of new people to the metro area.

Read More