The labor force in Sterling Heights totals 65,227 with employment totaling 62,090 at the end of 2014. At 4.8%, the city enjoys a significantly lower unemployment rate than that of the county and state. Employment within the county has grown at approximately 5% from 2010 to 2015.
According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG, 2015), 42,198 people commute to the City of Sterling Heights for work, while 46,968 residents commute to neighboring towns and cities for work. Approximately 11,580 people both live and work within the city.