High Education and Higher Labor Force Participation


by Cameron Macht Minnesotans are already well known for our hard work ethic and educational achievements, but recent data again show the quality of our workforce.  According to the newest estimates from 2011, Minnesota has the fourth highest labor force participation rate in the United States, behind Alaska, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Minnesota’s labor force … Continue reading High Education and Higher Labor Force Participation

Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing


by Rachel Vilsack If you think manufacturing is just production jobs, think again! Manufacturing in Minnesota also includes careers in engineering, logistics and distribution, maintenance and repair, and business, management and administration. Manufacturing facilities are often great places to work; they are clean, bright, and have amazing high-tech equipment.   Here is a sampling of … Continue reading Gearing Up for a Career in Manufacturing

Manufacturing on the Rebound


by Rachel Vilsack Manufacturing is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, thanks to its strength, versatility, and innovation. In 2011, more than 300,000 people worked in Minnesota’s manufacturing sector, accounting for 13 percent of private sector jobs in the state and $17.3 billion in total wages paid. Manufacturing jobs in Minnesota expanded by nearly three percent … Continue reading Manufacturing on the Rebound

Skills Gap in Minnesota? Look to the Data!


by Rachel Vilsack Earlier this week the skills gap issue was explained and we presented how one expert presents the issue. Analysts in Minnesota’s Labor Market Information Office are also looking into the question: is there really a skills gap in Minnesota?   Basic economic theory tells us that if the supply of workers (job seekers) and demand for workers by … Continue reading Skills Gap in Minnesota? Look to the Data!