March 2013 - Minnesota Economic Trends

The March issue of Minnesota Economic Trends includes a cover story about careers in law enforcement in Minnesota, featuring such jobs as police officers and correctional caseworkers. While jobs in this field require different types of abilities, they all demand strong communication skills. Job prospects in law enforcement are expected to be good in coming years in Minnesota.

Another story in this issue examines whether Minnesota has a shortage of registered nurses. A study by DEED found that while a lack of skilled candidates is sometimes a factor in the inability of health care employers to fill RN openings, other factors such as low pay, poor hours and geographic mismatches are bigger factors.

Other stories look at hiring demand for welders in southern Minnesota, examine how employment has shifted in certain occupations in Minnesota in recent years, and review data to find out what happened to nearly 78,000 students who attended Minnesota community and technical colleges in the fall of 2009 but didn’t return the following year. 

Download a full pdf version of the March 2013 issue  or select the links below to view individual stories.


Letter From the Editor

We’ve heard a lot in recent years about the skills gap and the difficulties employers face in finding qualified job candidates for certain occupations. But if DEED’s recent Hiring Difficulties Study is any indication, the challenge of filling skilled positions is more complex than that...

Protecting Minnesota

Law enforcement professionals from police officers to correctional caseworkers say strong communication skills are essential to succeeding at the job.


Matching Workers with Registered Nurse Openings

A new DEED study found that a lack of skilled candidates is a small factor in the inability of employers to fill openings for registered nurses. Unfavorable characteristics related to the job, firm or industry and geographic mismatches are often bigger contributors to hiring challenges in the field.


When Sparks Fly

Demand for welding-related jobs in Minnesota is high, with projections indicating above-average growth in the field through the end of the decade.

After the Classroom

Of the 134,215 students who enrolled in classes at Minnesota community and technical colleges in the fall of 2009, nearly 60 percent did not return to classes at those schools the following fall. DEED took a look at how they fared professionally afterward.

A Look at Occupational Data

Two sets of data are helping DEED to keep tabs on how employment is shifting by occupation in Minnesota.