Skill Enhancement through Volunteering


by Rachel Vilsack Are there skills you would like to develop on your resume? Think about volunteering!  In 2011, 38 percent of Minnesota residents volunteered in 2011. Minnesota ranked 4th among all states in volunteer rates, according to a new report from the Corporation for National & Community Service. That’s 1.58 million volunteers giving nearly 172 million hours … Continue reading Skill Enhancement through Volunteering

Working Part-Time for Economic Reasons


by Amanda Rohrer Anecdote and evidence don’t always seem to agree when it comes to the unemployment rate and the economy. Although Minnesota’s unemployment rate has been declining consistently for the past two years, most people still have stories about friends, family, and neighbors who just can’t get a break. All the published unemployment rate … Continue reading Working Part-Time for Economic Reasons

How Does Minnesota Unemployment Compare?


by Rachel Vilsack Every month, the updated unemployment rate gives us a snapshot of how the Minnesota and regional labor markets are changing. This information is essential for tracking trends and comparing labor market conditions across the nation. However, we often want to know how certain populations within our state are faring. Instead of monthly … Continue reading How Does Minnesota Unemployment Compare?

Twin Cities Employment Projections to 2020


by Rachel Vilsack The Twin Cities economy is projected to grow by 12 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to new data from the state’s Labor Market Information Office. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 202,060 new jobs across the region’s industry sectors, with even more jobs available as people retire or otherwise … Continue reading Twin Cities Employment Projections to 2020