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Future Workforce Closes in on Achievement Gap

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Tags: workforce, education

Minnesota is making significant progress in narrowing the achievement gap between white students and students of color, national test results show.

Minnesota China Center Builds Ties with Business Community

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

A group of business leaders from the Twin Cities metropolitan area heard about the opportunities and challenges presented by China’s market at the China Business Roundtable Luncheon on Oct. 8 in Minneapolis. The purpose was to continue strengthening ties between the Minnesota Center China and the local business community.

The Long Climb Back

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Tags: economy

Personal income in Minnesota plunged during the Great Recession, driven by a combination of job losses, reduced work hours, delayed raises, wage cuts and other factors. Many of those factors have reversed direction since then, helping to boost real per capita income over the last three years.


Matching Jobs With Training

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Tags: job training

Workforce development programs generally link their training to fields that need workers, such as health care and precision manufacturing. After all, it doesn’t make sense to train people for occupations that don’t have any openings.

A Look at Job Vacancies

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Tags: jobs

We’ve seen much evidence in recent months of a recovering economy in Minnesota. The unemployment rate is at a five-year low, requests for jobless benefits continue to slide and the state’s gross domestic product is among the fastest growing in the country.

A Closer Look at Employment

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

The Minnesota unemployment rate and job figures get a lot of attention when they are announced on the third Thursday of every month, frequently attracting front-page newspaper coverage statewide. Reporters and economists analyze the numbers and interpret what they say about the economy. While there are plenty of other ways to look at our economic performance, the monthly unemployment rate and job figures are arguably the most closely watched barometer in Minnesota.

Why Northwest Minnesota

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Tags: Northwest MN

Think of northwestern Minnesota as the state’s sugar bowl.

Abundant ag resources – from wheat to sugar beets – fuel the region’s thriving food processing industry. Sugar beets make a substantial contribution to the Minnesota-North Dakota economy. Standout food manufacturing firms include American Crystal, Dean Foods and Lamb Weston which together employ nearly 1,500 people.

Why Minnesota: Central

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Tags: Central MN

Manufacturing is king in central Minnesota.

More than 28,000 people work in manufacturing in the region, making everything from gears to soaps to engines. Major companies include New Flyer (buses), Cold Spring Granite (stone products) and American Crystal Sugar (food products).

Chicago-based International Trade Commissioners Visit Minnesota Life Science Companies

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM
Tags: bioscience

CITCA Group photo

Twenty-two members of the Chicago International Trade Commissioner’s Association (CITCA), focused on opportunities and partnerships in the life sciences sector, were in the Twin Cities on Sept. 17-18, hosted by the Minnesota Trade Office.

CITCA comprises trade representatives from foreign governments that are based in Chicago. CITCA members representing Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Flanders, France, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico and South Africa participated in the Minnesota biosciences tour.

Why Minnesota: Southwest

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM
Tags: Southwest MN

Southwestern Minnesota is the breadbasket of the state, producing 700 million bushels of corn, 140 million bushels of soybeans, 10 million turkeys and 5.5 million hogs annually. The region has nearly 26,000 farms generating more than $6.5 billion worth of commodities each year.

But farming is only part of the story in this remarkably diverse 27-county region.

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