As Alice Cooper once sang, “SCHOOOOOOOOOL’S OUT…FOR…SUMMER!” High school students’ hectic schedules may get some relief, but businesses continue posting “help wanted” signs. This creates the potential for summertime employment for teens. Continue reading
by Luke Greiner~
While growing up on a farm, I didn’t really understand the interconnections of agriculture. It did help me to appreciate the vital role that farming plays in the success of our economy, however. This is easy to understand, though: when farmers have a good year, so do the establishments they do business with.
by Eric White~
Community colleges have been making headlines recently with President Obama proposing free tuition for responsible students.
Even if that doesn’t happen, students will find that community colleges cost less than 4-year universities. Less credits will be required to graduate with a degree, and still lead to rewarding and well-paying jobs.
by Mark Schultz~
Southeast Minnesota has certainly seen its share of plights as a result the most recent recession. An unemployment rate of 8.7% hit in March of 2009, with the highest annual unemployment rate of 7.6% recorded for that same year. Luckily, the region saw a drop of its annual unemployment rate to 4.7% in 2013 with that November having the lowest at 2.8% since December of 2000. Continue reading
by Tim O’Neill~
It’s funny how my new job has given me a new perspective on my old job. Prior to becoming a regional labor market analyst with DEED, I was employed as a surgical support specialist at a Twin Cities hospital. While I love what I’m doing now, our data show that pursuing a career pathway to nursing would have been an excellent decision!
by Chet Bodin~
Minnesota’s soldiers have maintained steady progress at reintegrating into the workforce, but some data suggests that our most recent veterans – young men and women who served instead of going straight to college – are having more trouble with this than others.
by Cameron Macht ~
Northeast Minnesota has the smallest number and concentration of manufacturing jobs in the state, but still has 8,905 jobs at 355 manufacturing establishments, accounting for 6.3% of total regional employment in 2013.
The Arrowhead has just 3% of the manufacturing jobs in the state, but has almost one-fourth of Minnesota’s employment in the Paper Manufacturing sector. With 2,321 jobs at 9 establishments, Paper Manufacturing is easily the largest sector in Northeast Minnesota, accounting for 23.6% of the 9,855 jobs in Paper Manufacturing statewide.
by Monica Gomez ~
You might think that finding a job that allows you the freedom to travel requires a four-year degree, or even a more advanced education. However, there is good news for those who are interested in working in a hands-on environment. Skilled-trades workers have a number of opportunities to travel for their job. And these jobs often do not require a degree.
Here are just some of the blue-collar jobs that allow you to travel for work.
by Gina Sobania ~
Over the last 11 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to present and interact with thousands of Veterans, Servicemembers and their families. I always start my presentations by stating that I have not served in the military, but that I am a proud daughter of a Vietnam Veteran.
I work weekends, evenings and even holidays because I am paying it forward for my Dad. He never received the welcome home, resources and supports that current day Veterans and Servicemembers receive.
I encourage participants to pay it forward for the next generation of Veterans and Servicemembers so that we can continue our support.