Mission

The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent research organization devoted to investigating the causes and effects of unemployment.

We seek to identify feasible methods of insuring against unemployment, and to devising ways and means of alleviating the distress and hardship caused by unemployment. 

In addition, the Institue's Employment Management Services Division oversees federal and state employment programs in a four-county area in southwest Michigan. Collaboration between research and operations has led to novel pilot projects that apply research findings and techniques to improving the performance of workforce services.

The Institute is an activity of the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation, which was established in 1932 to administer a fund set aside by Dr. W.E. Upjohn, founder of the Upjohn Company.