In its annual economic report, the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations of the University of Michigan, reported that the positive momentum from Washtenaw’s knowledge-based and health-related sectors dominate, providing for a gain of 2,000 jobs in 2009 and 3,000 in 2010.
Economically, the community has held on to jobs because of its diversity.Two quotes from the report:
“It is a tribute to the underlying resiliency of the Washtenaw County [where Ann Arbor lies] economy that the job hit overall was not much harder. One sector that has come to the rescue in these times is health care, both private and public."
"Ann Arbor's promise is rooted in its endowments of a world-class research university and a well-educated populace. The region does have to weather its immediate problems, but it does not have to change its essence to thrive in the economy of the future. Washtenaw County is already out front on this."