Are There Skills Gaps in Manufacturing?


by Rachel Vilsack Manufacturing in Minnesota is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. After the job losses of the Great Recession, employers are under pressure to meet pent-up demand by adding staff. Competition among firms is very high for experienced workers as older ones are retiring. Several commentators have argued that more manufacturing jobs could be … Continue reading Are There Skills Gaps in Manufacturing?

Checking in on Veterans Employment Trends


by Rachel Vilsack The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent report on veteran’s employment trends points to improving conditions nationwide. The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 declined by 2.2 percentages point to 9.9 percent in 2012.   Post September 2001, or … Continue reading Checking in on Veterans Employment Trends

Celebrating Occupational Therapists


by Rachel Vilsack Occupational therapists (OTs) help people who have mental, physical, or developmental disabilities. These disabilities are caused by birth defects, injuries, illnesses, or aging. Occupational therapists help people develop, recover, or maintain their living and work skills. The future job outlook for OTs is good in Minnesota and across the nation.   Typical work … Continue reading Celebrating Occupational Therapists