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
by Rachel Vilsack If you missed Manufacturing Week last week in Minnesota, don’t worry. It’s not too late to get some facts about manufacturing and how to pursue a career in the industry. Here’s a recap of some of the week’s highlights. Just the Facts Here on iSpeak, we talked about how manufacturing is … Continue reading Don’t Stop Celebrating 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
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
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!
by Teri Fritsma If you’re considering a career in healthcare, information technology, engineering, manufacturing, energy, or transportation, there’s a new website available to help you get the scoop on what employers in these industries say they really need in their workers—right now and in the years to come. The website is called Employers Speak: Minnesota … Continue reading Employers Speak
by Ellie Schriner Recently, the skills gap has been getting more attention in the media, both nationally and locally. There are many opinions out there on this subject, so to get more information I read the book “Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs” by Peter Cappelli. As a Professor at The Wharton School of Business … Continue reading The Skills Gap: One Expert’s Opinion
by Teri Fritsma One of the challenges faced by many businesses — even in this era of high unemployment — is finding quality workers. Employers say it can be difficult to find the right people with the right skills to meet their workforce needs. So what do employers want? To gain a clearer understanding … Continue reading What Employers Want