Mankato: A Region on the Rise


by Brent Pearson

The Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consists of Blue Earth and Nicollet counties and is a relatively new MSA. As one of 366 MSAs in the United States, the Mankato-North Mankato MSA ranked as the 348th most populous in 2011, with an estimated population of 97,204. While it may be a small metro in size, the region has two key assets that could potentially drive economic growth going forward: industry diversification and access to low-cost student workers with diverse skill sets and flexible work schedules.

 

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Measuring Underemployment


by Rachel Vilsack

In December, Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, its lowest rate since August 2008, and considerably lower than the national average of 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate measures people who are not working, but who are available and actively seeking work. Some workers—like those who are discouraged or those with some other barrier to looking for work—are not included in the official calculation. We can see how they impact the national rate, as there are six different measures of the unemployment rate produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) each month. But is there a measure for people who are underemployed?

 

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Duluth's Aviation Cluster


by Julie Collins

The Duluth area is home to a growing aviation cluster.  In addition to Duluth’s existing aircraft manufacturing industry and its international airport, AAR Aircraft Services opened a new aircraft maintenance and repair facility this past fall.  A recent Duluth News Tribune story reported that AAR is eager to hire additional airplane mechanics.  If you’re interested in airplanes, aviation or assisting air travelers, you may wish to explore occupations in the local aviation cluster.

 

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Duluth’s Aviation Cluster


by Julie Collins

The Duluth area is home to a growing aviation cluster.  In addition to Duluth’s existing aircraft manufacturing industry and its international airport, AAR Aircraft Services opened a new aircraft maintenance and repair facility this past fall.  A recent Duluth News Tribune story reported that AAR is eager to hire additional airplane mechanics.  If you’re interested in airplanes, aviation or assisting air travelers, you may wish to explore occupations in the local aviation cluster.

 

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I Got a New Job!


by Rachel Vilsack

For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with great guest contributors to provide you, our blog readers, with articles on job search and career resources. I’ve clearly paid attention to their advice. I recently landed a new job, which I officially start today! From writing a resume, to finding references, interviewing and following up, here’s the advice that I took from this blog.

 

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How to Build Stronger Relationships


by Rachel Vilsack

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand emotions – in yourself and others – and to use this information to manage your behavior and relationships. Most of what makes us successful at work and in our relationships is emotional intelligence, not our IQ.  On the job, emotional intelligence becomes a powerful tool when working in teams, managing interpersonal issues, adapting to change and eliciting trust.

 

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