Detroit’s unemployment is high, really high. It’s nearly 18 percent. That’s almost double the Michigan rate of unemployment and Michigan is among the worst in the nation.
So, when a manufacturer hires hundreds of Detroit residents, it gets attention.
In a little more than a year-and-a-half, Detroit Manufacturing Systems has hired 729 people at its plant in the city. More than two-thirds of those workers live in Detroit. Rosemary Brewer is the company’s Human Resources Director.
“We’re one of three companies that Andra Rush owns under the Rush Group,” Brewer said in an interview in her office.
That name, Andra Rush, might sound familiar. She sat with First Lady Michelle Obama last week during the State of the Union address as President Barack Obama mentioned her.