DEED Developments blog | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota en-us DEED Seeks Funding to Help Minnesota’s Long-Term Unemployed Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:17:04 -0600 State of Minnesota

Last month, DEED and the Minnesota Department of Human Services applied for federal funding that would provide training for long-term unemployed Minnesotans, enabling them to transition out of public assistance.

Great Holiday Gifts from Made in Minnesota Directory Businesses Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:10:35 -0600 State of Minnesota

Most everyone is thinking about the holidays – and for many people that means shopping for just the right gift for friends and family.

The Made in Minnesota directory , launched in 2013 by DEED, provides the perfect venue to shop for holiday gifts while supporting the local economy. And in the spirit of Cyber Monday, some of these companies offer especially good shopping opportunities online.

Angel Tax Credit Program Attracts Investment for Mill Creek Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:30:00 -0600 State of Minnesota

Judy K. Lundy, president, COO and cofounder at Mill Creek Life Sciences LLC, a company that developed a better protein supplement to grow stem cells, found that getting investors for funds to commercialize her company’s product wasn’t easy.

Working With Your Hands and Mind Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:40:32 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 – Home to Innovative Business and Cool Products Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:14:33 -0500 State of Minnesota

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.

Check out Manufacturing Careers Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota

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

DEED Celebrates Manufacturing in MN Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:22:39 -0500 State of Minnesota

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.

Minnesota Economy Continues to Make Progress, but Challenges Remain Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:12:07 -0500 State of Minnesota

Despite the length of our recovery and the jobs that we have regained, the severity of the recession and the often feeble nature of employment growth still leave us shy of a complete recovery.

Making a Living Making Things Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:18:19 -0500 State of Minnesota

Anyone walking into a manufacturing plant today would see a stark contrast from what was common in the last century. 

Much progress has been made toward correcting safety and health concerns of yesteryear and promoting a vibrant workplace. One thing hasn’t changed, though. The industry remains an important source of jobs, both nationally and in Minnesota.

Northern Minnesota Health Care Industry in Good Shape Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:14:25 -0500 State of Minnesota

Northern Minnesota, traditionally home to a strong goods-producing sector, was hit hard by the Great Recession. The economy is still solidly grounded in its rich natural resources and strong manufacturing base, but the health care and social assistance sector weathered the recession to emerge as the largest employer in the region.

Minnesota Momentum: The Nation is Taking Notice Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:03:09 -0500 State of Minnesota

While the national economy still isn't firing on all cylinders, the engine is really revving up in Minnesota. Lots of good things are happening, and business pundits, economic analysts and list makers from around the country are taking notice. Here are just a few of the recent accolades that have come our way.

Veterans benefit from DEED services Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:30:01 -0500 State of Minnesota

We’ve all seen the magnetic yellow ribbons on cars and the “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers, but it’s good to know that there are people who put that support into action and make a difference in veterans’ lives.  DEED’s veterans employment representatives are some of those people.  

Labor Secretary Perez Visits Burnsville WorkForce Center Tue, 20 May 2014 13:56:38 -0500 State of Minnesota U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez packed a lot of activities into his visit to the Twin Cities last Friday, including touring DEED’s Burnsville WorkForce Center and participating in a roundtable with workforce development professionals.

Commissioner Highlights Bonding Proposal to Fund Civic Center Expansion in Mankato Fri, 09 May 2014 11:30:00 -0500 State of Minnesota

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben visited the Mankato area for a day of site visits with local businesses and stopped at the Verizon Wireless Center to highlight Gov. Mark Dayton’s bonding proposal that would provide the city $14.5 million to fund an addition to it. 

Measuring Employment Outcomes for Graduates Thu, 08 May 2014 08:53:51 -0500 State of Minnesota

When students decide to major in a field of study, they often lack important information about labor market outcomes. Are there jobs in their field? What do they pay? Is the industry stable enough to ensure long-term employment?


Commissioners Visit Bonding Projects at NHED colleges Mon, 05 May 2014 14:30:56 -0500 State of Minnesota

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Office of Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller visited International Falls, Grand Rapids and Hibbing to underscore their support for $3.3 million in bonding that Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing for four Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) colleges. They are Hibbing, Itasca, Rainy River and Vermilion community colleges. 

The Great Recession and Disability Employment Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:25:44 -0500 State of Minnesota

The Great Recession sent shock waves through the U.S. labor market, with more than 8 million people, including 160,000 Minnesotans, losing their jobs from the end of 2007 through 2009. People with disabilities were among the hardest hit populations during that period, with their employment rates declining even more dramatically than the general population.

New DEED Fund Getting Results Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:30:32 -0500 State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Job Creation Fund is starting to pay dividends.

Since the new program was launched in January, DEED officials have approved funding for eight Minnesota expansion projects that are expected to create 435 jobs in the next few years.
Keep on Truckin' Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:46:40 -0500 State of Minnesota

Like a lot of industries these days, the trucking and transportation sector is thinking about its future workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial truck driver in the United States is 55. Who exactly is going to fill those and other driving jobs when baby boomers start turning in their ignition keys in the next few years?

Employment Makes Solid Gains in March Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:11:38 -0500 State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades.

State Officials Visit M State Bonding Project Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:17:13 -0500 State of Minnesota
Commissioners from two Minnesota state agencies visited Moorhead to show their support for $6.54 million in bonding that Gov. Mark Dayton is recommending for Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State). M State is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
State Officials Make Bonding Visit to Dakota County Technical College Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:43:18 -0500 State of Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s higher education bonding bill is the focus of a statewide tour underway, with visits this week at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses in Rosemount and Moorhead. The Evolution of Minnesota’s Jobs Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:48:23 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:05:04 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:24:09 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:14:59 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:13:54 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:33:57 -0600 State of Minnesota

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 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:31:31 -0600 State of Minnesota

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 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:32:20 -0600 State of Minnesota

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 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:05:00 -0600 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:56:03 -0600 State of Minnesota

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.

A Tale of 25 Cities Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:51:53 -0600 State of Minnesota

Last August, Minnesota achieved a milestone when DEED announced the state had recovered all the jobs that were lost in the recession. But not all cities in the state have fared the same in the recovery, with some still struggling to bring job totals back to pre-recessionary levels.

Construction Industry Conference Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:36:02 -0600 State of Minnesota

The Minnesota construction sector was among the industries that suffered the most during the recession, losing thousands of jobs when the housing sector collapsed. But the industry has shown remarkable resiliency in recent years, especially in the past 12 months, when it added 6,500 jobs statewide, a healthy 7.5 percent growth rate that easily outpaced the 2.2 percent growth rate nationally during that period.

Another Strong Month for Minnesota Jobs Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:34:09 -0600 State of Minnesota

Minnesota continues to rack up some impressive numbers in a recovery that is now in its 52nd month.

In the latest state employment numbers announced today, DEED said Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in December, bringing total job gains in the state to 45,900 in the past year. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.6 percent, well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

Roll Out the Barrels Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:07:28 -0600 State of Minnesota

Minnesota has a rich beer-making tradition, with the state at one time being home to more than 120 breweries. Pummeled by Prohibition, the Great Depression, industry consolidations and competition from national brands, the state’s breweries had declined to four by the 1980s.

Minnesota Job Creation Fund Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:10:02 -0600 State of Minnesota

When Gov. Mark Dayton introduced his two-year budget plan last year, he made it clear that one of his highest priorities was to create jobs and make Minnesota more attractive for businesses. He proposed a number of tools, including the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, which recently began taking applications from qualified businesses.

Future Workforce Closes in on Achievement Gap Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:36:20 -0600 State of Minnesota

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 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:44:08 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:42:30 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:15:44 -0500 State of Minnesota 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 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:00:02 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:43:31 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:39:58 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:39:48 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:54:12 -0500 State of Minnesota

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 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:41:04 -0500 State of Minnesota

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.

Why Minnesota: Southeast Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:41:13 -0500 State of Minnesota

Southeastern Minnesota is the heart of the state’s health care and agricultural industries.

Anchored by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the region’s health care sector draws people from around the world and fuels the state’s prominent medical device sector. In Olmsted County alone, where Rochester is located, more than 38,000 people work in health care jobs.

Why Minnesota: Twin Cities Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:44:28 -0500 State of Minnesota The Twin Cities is an economic powerhouse, generating 64,400 new jobs in the past year and boasting the second-lowest unemployment rate among major U.S. metropolitan areas at 4.9 percent.