Long-Term Care Industry in Central Minnesota


by Cameron Macht

The aging trend that is being led by the baby boom generation will completely reshape the Central Minnesota region both demographically and economically. According to new projections from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, by 2030 the region will have nearly 200,000 people aged 65 years and over, accounting for almost 23 percent of the total population. As the population continues growing – and growing older – the demand for health care services will also keep going up, creating job opportunities.

 

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Educational Services in Southeast Minnesota


by Brent Pearson

Building a talented workforce with marketable skills for real-world employment begins with education. It is the building block on which a competitive workforce and strong economy are built. In Southeast Minnesota, 18,312 jobs in educational services accounted for more than $700 million in wages paid in 2011. Pick any national indicator and you are likely to find that Minnesota is one of the top states in the nation at educating its youth. Minnesota ranked second nationally with 91.8 percent of its high school students earning a high school diploma, and 11th in percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

 

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Massage Therapists: A Helping and Healing Career


by Rachel Vilsack

Massage therapists provide a service to enhance the physical and mental well-being of their clients. Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, spas, hospitals and fitness centers.  Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide therapy services. Most massage therapists blend techniques like Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue, acupressure, reflexology, and Shiatsu.

 

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Manufacturing in the Northeast


by Julie Collins

A recent article in the Duluth News Tribune by David Ross, president of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke of the “rise and fall. . . and rise” of manufacturing in Northeast Minnesota. The area lost a large number of manufacturing jobs in the 1970s and ‘80s, but manufacturing continues to play an important role in the region today.  And many local manufacturers, such as Tritec, a steel fabricator serving the local mining industry and other clients, have been planning expansions, as the Duluth News Tribune reported recently.

 

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The Market for Lemons


by Steve Hine

The dramatic increase in the number of people who have been unemployed long-term is a distinctive feature of the recent recession, and it will have lingering effects far into the future. Long-term unemployment – typically defined as being out of work for six months or more – imposes costs on people that go well beyond lost wages. Future earnings are lower, health is negatively impacted, and even relationships and self-esteem are damaged. These significant costs suggest the need to identify and correct the causes of long-term unemployment and the factors that reduce the likelihood of re-employment among those people who have been out of work for a long time.

 

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Explore Minnesota’s Career Clusters


by Rachel Vilsack

Whether you are searching for a job or headed to college, having a career plan is important. Over the next decade, some careers will grow while others will decline in Minnesota. And all careers require a foundational skill set, which you can learn on-the-job or through targeted coursework. Some careers use similar skills and knowledge so they can be grouped together, which can help you find the best career match.

 

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Work as a Way of Being


by Rachel Vilsack

Most of us define ourselves by what we do for a living. The Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says that that the way you support yourself can be an expression of your deepest self and promote compassion for others. This concept is called right livelihood. The search for meaningful work is important; how do we find a vocation that reflects our personal values, beliefs, and vision for how we see ourselves and others in this world?

 

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