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.
by Alessia Leibert If 2012 saw the biggest increase in Minnesota job openings since 2005, not all opportunities led to job creation. Some employers faced difficulties filling vacant positions, while others were still reluctant to commit to hiring and preferred waiting for the ideal job candidate to come along. The apparent contradiction between the availability … Continue reading Are Skills Scarce?
by Amanda Rohrer Whether it’s transporting goods by boat, truck or railroad or passengers by plane or bus, transportation is an important industry sector in Minnesota. Learn more about careers in transportation, distribution and logistics.
by Rachel Vilsack The road to economic recovery in Minnesota is nearly complete. Total non-farm employment is just 1,000 jobs off of our pre-recessionary job peak, which was in February 2008. Estimates of job vacancies show an 18 percent growth at the end of 2012 compared to one year prior and are also back to … Continue reading Minnesota Economic Update
by Teri Fritsma When employers have difficulty filling positions, does it mean that there aren’t enough qualified people to take the position? Not always, says a new study on skills mismatches released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Sometimes there are skills mismatches, but sometimes the difficulties are the result of demand-side … Continue reading Hiring Difficulties and Skills Mismatches in Minnesota
by Rachel Vilsack A frequent request I get is “how many jobs does the average person hold during their lifetime?” Whether the answer is intended to help youth realize the life-long career journey or coach mature workers on the impermanence of jobs, it’s a good question. Surprisingly, it always proves a little difficult to answer. … Continue reading How Many Jobs?
by Rachel Vilsack Raising the federal minimum wage was a topic “raised” in the recent State of the Union address. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. A full-time minimum wage worker nets about $15,080 annually, before taxes. Let’s take a closer look at who makes minimum wage in Minnesota. According to … Continue reading Making Minimum Wage