Precision metal manufacturing is a growing field in Minnesota, with plenty of job openings expected in the coming years. Machine operator Altheha DrePaul talks about her job and why she values a career in manufacturing.
Minnesota is known as the best place to live, work and play. And it’s the 10th most innovative state in the U.S., according to 2014 rankings by Bloomberg.
If you’re a student or other career explorer, you’ll want to check out manufacturing jobs. Workers in the field say it’s rewarding to make a product, great to have a well-paying job and pleasant to work in a modern and clean environment. And with Minnesota Manufacturers Week set for Oct. 19-25, now’s an excellent time to learn more about Minnesota's manufacturing industries.
This month we’re highlighting the manufacturing sector in Minnesota. Robust, versatile and always leading the pack, Minnesota's manufacturing sector is the backbone of the state's economy. Minnesota’s manufacturers produce everything from high-tech electronics to high-end food products and everything in between. Minnesota manufacturers are known the world over for high quality and innovation.
Manufacturers throughout the state are struggling to fill openings, according to the latest round of DEED’s Minnesota Hiring Difficulties Survey. Based on a survey of manufacturers last spring, two-thirds of the industry’s job openings in Minnesota were classified as hard to fill.
Along with the housing industry, kitchen cabinet manufacturing in central Minnesota is simmering again. Jobs in the 13-county region jumped 27.4 percent from 2010 to 2012, which was more than five times as fast as the state as a whole, which gained 4.8 percent.