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The Evolution of Minnesota’s Jobs

Posted on April 03, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Tags: jobs

With the recovery in full swing, Minnesotans are heading off to work each day in record numbers. Minnesota’s nonfarm wage and salary employment reached a record high last year and was just 5,200 workers short of crossing the 3 million mark in February.

 



A Year to Remember

Posted on April 01, 2014 at 1:05 PM
Tags: jobs

There are many ways to measure the economic success of a state, from looking at the unemployment rate to tracking job creation and measuring the value of goods and services produced. Another indicator is the number of business expansions over the past year. If 2013 is any indication, then Minnesota’s economy is on a hot streak.



Minnesota's Liquid Assets

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Minnesota knows water, and not just because it has 10,000 lakes.

Some of the leading water technology companies in the country have operations in Minnesota, including Ecolab, 3M, GE, Pentair and Aeration Industries. More than 15,500 people work in the Minnesota water sector, and the state ranks among the top 10 exporters of water and water technology in the United States, producing foreign sales of $729 million in 2012.



Late-Year Surge Drives Export Growth

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Tags: exports

Minnesota exports came on strong late last year, growing at their fastest quarterly rate in more than two years.

Kathleen Motzenbecker, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, said this morning that state exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew to $5.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. U.S. export growth during that period was 4 percent.



State Adds Jobs for Sixth Straight Month

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM
Tags: jobs

Despite one of the coldest Januaries in recent memory, Minnesota employers continued to add jobs during the month.

DEED released figures this morning that showed the state gained 600 jobs in January – the sixth consecutive month of job growth in Minnesota. Total employment in the state is now over 2.8 million for the first time in history.



Water Technology Summit

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM
Tags: jobs

Water technology is big business in Minnesota, accounting for more than $729 million in foreign sales alone in 2012. Minnesota is among the top 10 exporters nationally of water and wastewater treatment technology, and the industry employs nearly 15,500 people in the state, including engineers, hydrologists and conservation scientists.



Help Wanted in the Manufacturing Sector

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Tags: jobs, manufacturing

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.



Minnesota’s Low-Wage Sector

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM

A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage generated a lot of debate in the Minnesota Legislature last year and is expected to come up again in the next session. The minimum wage in Minnesota generally is $7.25 an hour, although it can be as low as $5.25 in certain cases. In the 2014 session, state lawmakers are expected to debate whether to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour, phased in over a three-year period.



Making a House a Home

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
Tags: job training, jobs, manufacturing

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.



Future Jobs in Construction

Posted on February 06, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Tags: jobs

Today’s sold out Minnesota Construction Industry Conference in Bloomington is an opportunity for industry professionals to network and to learn more about new state programs, services, and regulations and rules.

The conference also offers a chance for the industry to take stock of where it’s been and where it’s headed.



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