Southeast MN Having Brighter Days


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

An Emerging Career in Northeast Minnesota: Industrial Machinery Mechanic


by Jan Saxhaug

Looking for a way to break into a career in Northeastern Minnesota’s emerging manufacturing sector? Check out one Northeast Minnesota’s most in-demand job: industrial machinery mechanics. Industrial machinery mechanics install, maintain, and fix machinery in factories, and talk to machine operators to evaluate how the machinery is working.  According to ISEEK, industrial machinery mechanics are in the maintenance, installation, and repair career pathway, and fall in the manufacturing career 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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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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Manufacturing in the Northeast


by Julie Collins

A recent article in the Duluth News Tribune by David Ross, president of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke of the “rise and fall. . . and rise” of manufacturing in Northeast Minnesota. The area lost a large number of manufacturing jobs in the 1970s and ‘80s, but manufacturing continues to play an important role in the region today.  And many local manufacturers, such as Tritec, a steel fabricator serving the local mining industry and other clients, have been planning expansions, as the Duluth News Tribune reported recently.

 

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The Shape of the Labor Force


by Amanda Rohrer

Together, all the people who want to work—regardless of whether they actually do—make up the labor force. The concept of the labor force is critical because it’s essentially a measure of all the people available to fill jobs. In the midst of a recovery and the highest recorded levels of long-term unemployment, labor force participation rate can help illuminate how many people are available and what roles they’re likely to play in Minnesota’s labor force.

 

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Getting Back to Work


by Amanda Rohrer

The economy’s getting better – the unemployment rate in Minnesota is down below six percent and the monthly employment numbers show more jobs this year than last year. But while there are more jobs and more people employed, the number of people out of work for a year or more (pdf) is still historically high: 44,000 Minnesotans were unemployed a year or more in 2010.

 

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How Does Minnesota’s Employment Look Today?


by Rachel Vilsack

A historic labor market event happened in Minnesota this July: our labor force exceeded three million people for the first time ever! With more people employed—and, yes, many people still unemployed, we continue to see growth in the number of jobs and opportunities across Minnesota. In fact, the private (that is, non-government) sector added 40,000 jobs over the past year alone.

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How Does Minnesota's Employment Look Today?


by Rachel Vilsack

A historic labor market event happened in Minnesota this July: our labor force exceeded three million people for the first time ever! With more people employed—and, yes, many people still unemployed, we continue to see growth in the number of jobs and opportunities across Minnesota. In fact, the private (that is, non-government) sector added 40,000 jobs over the past year alone.

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