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 … Continue reading Long-Term Care Industry in Central 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 … Continue reading Educational Services in Southeast Minnesota
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 … Continue reading Massage Therapists: A Helping and Healing Career
by Caleb Werth There are more than 400 training programs for green careers in Minnesota. As jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to expand, national standards for certificate programs are emerging. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) credentialing program has developed a new Standard for assessment (IREC Standard 14732: 2012) of … Continue reading Requirements for Renewable Energy Certificate Programs
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 … Continue reading Manufacturing in the Northeast
by Rachel Vilsack Last week, the Wall Street Journal created an interactive graphic of the 2012 jobs, which analyzed national unemployment rates for detailed occupations using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Which occupations had the highest and lowest unemployment rates last year? Good Job Prospects The top 5 occupations with the lowest national unemployment … Continue reading Good Job Prospects or On the Decline?
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 … Continue reading The Market for Lemons
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 … Continue reading Explore Minnesota’s Career Clusters