The Krege Foundation now has an infographic offering solutions to low-income students.
The Cost of Living Tool from DEED estimates the “basic-needs” cost of living in Minnesota. This tool calculates the total annual cost of items like child care, food, health care, housing, transportation, and taxes. The calculation does not include savings, restaurant meals, or entertainment.
Good news for job seekers! The state is seeing the highest number of job vacancies in 14 years.
CareerOneStop recently wrote about 5 high-pay careers: no college degree required. Pay for these occupations start nationally at $35,100 and can pay as much as $78,800.
by Luke Greiner ~ After getting knocked down during the recession, the manufacturing sector has added more jobs to Central Minnesota’s economy than any other industry since 2010 by gaining 3,676 additional jobs. This incredible comeback accounts for almost 30% of total job growth in the region in the last three years. Recent growth is … Continue reading Manufacturing: The ‘Comeback Kid’ in Central Minnesota
by Rachel Vilsack -- A blog last month looked at the issue of Minnesota’s minimum wage. As the Minnesota Legislature resumed session this month, there has been continued discussion on increasing the state’s minimum wage. This raises the question: How many jobs, in which regions, and in which occupations, would be affected if there were … Continue reading A New Minimum?
by Rachel Vilsack -- Minnesota’s high labor force participation – or the percent of the population working or looking for a job – is a key factor in future job growth. It’s also a measure of worker availability, which can fluctuate as youth enter the labor force for the first time, job seekers stop looking … Continue reading Measuring Labor Force Participation
by Rachel Vilsack Last session the Minnesota Legislature debated on whether to raise the minimum wage. The session closed with the House approving a bill that would raise the wage to $9.50 an hour by 2015. A similar bill is expected to be debated in the 2014 legislative session. Let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading Making Minimum Wage