President's Letter

February 2015

Welcome to the Upjohn Institute’s website. We are pleased that you have turned to the Institute for information on employment-related issues. Since our inception in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, we have been dedicated to researching the causes and consequences of unemployment and devising ways to help people find jobs. Our founder, Dr. W.E. Upjohn, was a physician who had a passion for problem-solving and a compassion for people. He built The Upjohn Company, a world-renown pharmaceutical company, on finding cures for illnesses and solving problems of delivering medication to patients. He built the foundation for the Upjohn Institute on his concern for workers who were displaced from their jobs during the Great Depression. 

Today, we are a unique organization of nearly 100 people tackling the issues of employment with the same dedication and passion. We are unique in that we combine research, operations, and dissemination within one organization. We have an in-house staff of notable researchers who study employment issues and programmatic issues around the world. We complement their work with that of other experts through our grant program and publications unit. As the administrative entity for the regional Workforce Investment Board, we also administer all the federal and state workforce programs for our part of Michigan. Having research and operations together under one roof provides us with a real-world perspective so that we can research issues that are of importance to policy makers, practitioners, and to job seekers looking for jobs and employers seeking to fill job openings. We also provide technical assistance to organizations dealing with workforce and economic development issues as well as conduct analyses and evaluations for government entities.

Our goal is for the Upjohn Institute to be your source of objective, unbiased information on these topics. I hope you will find that information among the thousands of publications accessible through our website.  

Randall W. Eberts, President
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research