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Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 9:53 a.m.

Need a job? Ann Arbor businesses are hiring

By Lizzy Alfs

From bars and restaurants to software companies and manufacturers, Ann Arbor area businesses are on the prowl for workers, the Detroit Free Press reports.


Barracuda Networks plans to hire nearly 200 people in its move to downtown Ann Arbor this fall.

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With nearly 900 high-skilled job listings on Ann Arbor SPARK’s online jobs portal, and help-wanted signs posted in windows around town, Ann Arbor has become a prime “job-seeker’s market,” the report says.

Companies like Barracuda Networks, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems and ProQuest are searching for high-skilled workers as they look to grow in the Ann Arbor area.

At the same time, restaurants like Tios Mexican Cafe in downtown Ann Arbor are struggling to find delivery drivers.

In June, the Ann Arbor area’s jobless rate was 6.2 percent, the second lowest in the state behind Mackinaw County. That rate has declined each consecutive year since 2009.

Read the full Detroit Free Press report here.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 11:49 a.m.

"With nearly 900 high-skilled job listings on Ann Arbor SPARK's online jobs portal..." SPARK's job portal doesn't have close to 900 jobs on it. I can't tell if the Free Press story is referring to SPARKS or not, but anyone looking at the portal will find much fewer jobs. Also note that the same job is listed in multiple categories. If one selects "all" there are about 200 jobs listed. has never done in-depth reporting on SPARK including their financials...

Elijah Shalis

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

It would be nice if there was a link to the sparks job portal


Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

@elijah - That level of ambition will surely land you a great job.

Lizzy Alfs

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.