Mecosta County generally enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the six-county region that encompasses the Michigan Works! West Central service area. Stable employers such as Sprectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Ferris State University, combined with a diversified manufacturing and retail base help to mitigate fluctuations in the regional economy. Assistance in applicant testing and interviewing, on-the-job and incumbent worker training, small business assistance and counseling, and many other services focusing on the business community are available through a variety of partnering organizations. A trained, skilled workforce and an availability of labor both locally and regionally enable Mecosta County to meet the challenges presented by existing and emerging businesses. More information about these resources and other opportunities can be found at the various links which follow.
If you are looking for workers and training to go with them, your first stop should be the Michigan Works! Service Center located at 14330 Northland Drive in Big Rapids.
The business and employment services offered by Michigan Works! can help you post a job or find qualified employees on-line through Pure Michigan Talent Connect. The Service Center can also accept applications and screen applicants on your behalf.
Various workforce development programs are available through the Michigan Works! West Central, which makes them uniquely qualified to help you locate local labor.
Many activities and services are available at no cost to employer or employee! Costs for these public programs are funded through the Workforce Development Agency.
Visit their website for more information: Michigan Works! West Central Service Center
Other Local and Regional Institutions of Higher Learning:
Overview of Mecosta County Educational Attainment Levels
|Educational Attainment||Mecosta County|
|Persons 25 years or Older:||26,634|
|Percentage with High School Diploma or Higher:||89.7%|
|Percentage with Bachelor's Degree or Higher:||21.7%|
Source: American Community Survey 2013-2017
Mecosta County is a great place to live and work. Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, is the largest employer in the county with approximately 1,400 employees and 13,705 students. Mecosta County is also home to several large manufacturing companies, agricultural businesses and numerous retail businesses serving customers beyond the county border. The Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital is a 74-bed acute care hospital located in Big Rapids. The hospital serves not only the health care needs of Mecosta County, but those of the surrounding area including west-central Michigan as well. At 425 employees, the MCMC is the county's third largest employer.
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids||Educational Services||1,400|
|Original Footwear||Big Rapids||Footware Manufacturer||495|
|Sprectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital||Big Rapids||Health Care Services||425|
|Wal-Mart||Big Rapids||Retail Department Store||350|
|Big Rapids Components||Big Rapids||Steel & Wood Office Furniture||355|
|Meijer||Big Rapids||Retail Department Store||350|
|Big Rapids Public Schools||Big Rapids||Educational Services||300|
|Chippewa Hills School District||Remus||Educational Services||310|
|Ice Mountain||Stanwood||Bottled Water||275|
|Fluid Routing Solutions||Big Rapids||Fuel Systems||250|
|Big Rapids Products||Big Rapids||Metal Stamping||200|
|County of Mecosta||Big Rapids||County Government||200|
|Mecosta-Osceola ISD||Big Rapids||Educational Services||200|
|Morley Stanwood Community Schools||Morley||Educational Services||180|
|Leprino Foods||Remus||Mozzarella String Cheese||145|
|Federal Screw Works||Big Rapids||Automotive Bolts||130|
|City of Big Rapids||Big Rapids||City Government||125|
|Lowe's||Big Rapids||Home Improvement||120|
|Altercare of Big Rapids||Big Rapids||Nursing Home||120|
|Metron Of Big Rapids||Big Rapids||Nursing Home||105|
|Pioneer Group||Big Rapids||Printing||105|
|Simonds International||Big Rapids||Wood Cutting Knives/Industrial Blades||80|
|Reith-Riley||Big Rapids||Asphalt Paving||80|
|US Marble||Remus||Cast Synthetic Marble Products||70|
|DTE/MichCon||Big Rapids||Natural Gas/Power Distribution||68|
|Paris Sawmill, Inc.||Paris||Saw and Plane Mills||30|
|Doyle Forest Products, Inc.||Paris||Logging||30|
|Trelan Manufacturing||Remus||Tree Chippers||25|
|Big Rapids Box Company||Big Rapids||Pallets||20|
|L.C. Concrete Products||Big Rapids||Concrete||14|
|Hanchett Manufacturing||Big Rapids||Knife Grinders/Saw Sharpeners||10|
|Hamtech||Big Rapids||Metal Cutting Job Shop||8|
Ferris State Technical Center
Ferris State University-MCCTE
Educating for Success! Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education
Ferris State University is nationally recognized for its technological degrees that provide industry with ready graduates. Located in Big Rapids, Ferris State is acclaimed for its industry problem-solving resource center and customized training programs that provide new skills for workers seeking the latest technology.