Setting Targets. Targeting Success.

Talent 2025 monitors an array of indicators that reveal the educational, employment, and labor force metrics of our region. This dashboard helps us to clearly understand the profile of our areas and to precisely target our catalyzing activities. 

  • TBD

    Kindergarten Readiness

    Talent 2025 is advocating for the widespread adoption of the Kindergarten Entry Observation (KEO)

  • 49.4%

    3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

    Percent of 3rd graders proficient/advanced on M-STEP for English Language Arts

    10 ISDs, 2016-17
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • 37.8%

    8th Grade Math Proficiency

    Percent of 8th graders proficient/advanced on M-STEP for Math

    10 ISDs, 2016-17
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • 36.3%

    College Ready

    Percent of 11th graders scoring at or above "college ready" level on SAT

    10 ISDs, 2016-17
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • TBD

    College Experience in High School

    Percent of students in a cohort participating in AP, IB, early college, or dual enrollment experiences

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • 79.8%

    High School Graduation Rate

    Percent of students in a cohort graduating on time

    10 ISDs, 2014-15
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • 31,858

    WorkKeys Obtained

    Number of NCRCs awarded

    West Michigan, 1/1/2006 - 08/31/2017
    Source: WorkReadyCommunities.org/MI

  • TBD

    Student Engagement

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • 76.9%

    Attendance

    Percent of students absent for 10 days or fewer

    10 ISDs, 2015-16
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • 45.9%

    Students Considered Economically Disadvantaged

    Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch

    10 ISDs, 2016-17
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • TBD

    Student Mental Wellness

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Students Applying for Post-Secondary Education

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • 58.2%

    Student Enrollment

    Percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary education within 6 months of high school graduation

    10 ISDs, 2015-16
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • TBD

    Student Engagement

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Certificates / Credentials

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Graduation Rate (Associate's Degree)

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Transfers (Community College to Four-Year Institutions)

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Student Achievement Measure (SAM)

    Talent 2025 is actively advocating for the widespread adoption of the Student Achievement Measure

  • TBD

    Graduation Rate (Bachelor's Degree)

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • 38.1%

    Enrollment (Full-time v. Part-time)

    Percentage of students who have gained 24 credits within 12 months of enrollment

    10 ISDs, 2014-15
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • 83.6%

    Retention, Year 1 to Year 2

    Percent of first year post-secondary students who immediately continue into their second year (or who earn a degree or certificate, continuing beyond this or not)

    10 ISDs, 2015-16
    Source: MiSchoolData

  • TBD

    Graduates in STEM Disciplines

    Data identification and collection in progress

  • TBD

    Placement Rate after Graduation

    Talent 2025 is advocating for connecting post-secondary enrollment with UI wage information to produce accurate data around post-secondary outcomes

  • $41,729

    Per Capita Income

    Total income divided by all residents in the area

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • 32.2%

    Knowledge Sector Employment

    Percent of total employed individuals who are employed in management, business, science, and arts occupations

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • 641,463

    Total Jobs

    1.8%    Agriculture
    4.8%    Energy and Construction
    14.1%  Health Care
    0.9%    Information Technology
    23.6%  Manufacturing
    20.2%  Professional Services
    24.6%  Retail and Hospitality Services

    West Michigan, 2016
    Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

  • 4.1%

    Over-the-Year Change in Employment

    -1.3%   Agriculture
    +4.6%   Energy and Construction
    +2.9%   Health Care
    +3.5%   Information Technology
    +4.2%   Manufacturing
    +9.3%   Professional Services
    +2.4%   Retail and Hospitality Services

    West Michigan, 2016
    Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

  • $43,975

    Average Annual Wage Paid

    $31,775   Agriculture
    $59,300   Energy and Construction
    $48,600   Health Care
    $50,800   Information Technology
    $57,850   Manufacturing
    $42,250   Professional Services
    $24,175   Retail and Hospitality Services

    West Michigan, 2016
    Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

  • 24.0%

    Hard-to-Fill Job Vacancies

    Percent of job advertisements which have been posted for 90 days or longer

    West Michigan, July 2017
    Source: The Conference Board

  • 1,580,955

    (+0.7%)

    Total Population and Population Change

    Total number of residents, and the percent change since last year

    West Michigan, 2016
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

  • +3,982

    Net Migration, 2015 to 2016

    Net number of individuals who moved to the region over the past year

    West Michigan, 2016
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

  • 12.5%

    Unemployment Rate Gap Between Non-white and White Residents

    Unemployment Rate

    7.2%   White (Non-Hispanic)
    19.7% Black or African American
    11.7% Hispanic / Latino Origin

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • -$10,819

    Per Capita Income Gap Between Non-white and White Residents

    $24,739  White (Non-Hispanic)
    $13,920  Black or African American
    $12,839  Hispanic / Latino Origin

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • -11.9%

    Adults with Education Beyond High School Gap Between Non-white and White Residents

    60.5%  White (Non-Hispanic)
    48.6%  Black or African American
    35.2%  Hispanic / Latino Origin

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • 60.8%

    Households above ALICE Threshold

    Percentage of households above the United Way's ALICE Survival Budget Threshold

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: United Way, ALICE Report

  • 0.6%

    Unemployment Rate Gap Between Veterans and Non-Veterans

    The gap between the unemployment rate for a veteran of the Armed Forces compared to non-veterans (positive value = higher unemployment for veterans)

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • 58.3%

    Post-Secondary Education / Credential

    Percent of adults with education beyond a high school diploma

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • 5.9%

    Disconnected Youth, Ages 20-24

    Percent of individuals who are neither working or enrolled in education

    2.6% (Ages 16-19)
    5.9% (Ages 20-24)

    Grand Rapids MSA, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey, IPUMS Microdata

  • 63.9%

    Labor Force Participation Rate

    Percent of adults who are either working or actively seeking employment divided by the total civilian non-institutional population

    West Michigan, 2015
    Source: American Community Survey

  • TBD

    Recidivism

    Data identification and collection in progress