Employment Resource Team from the National Guard, with the help of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), traveled to Kuwait in March 2012 in order to provide workshops and job search assistance for 1,080 soldiers from 10 different states
Two years into his administration, Governor Dayton continues to make crucial progress towards building a Better Minnesota. Measuring that progress by the improvements Minnesotans have seen in their lives, families, communities, and economy, the Dayton Administration is taking inventory of what has been accomplished over the last two years and considering the work ahead.
One important measure of that progress is improving the condition of Minnesota’s economy. Governor Dayton is focused on getting Minnesotans back to work by creating opportunities for all Minnesotans. A successful economy requires strong business growth, a skilled workforce and employment opportunities for everyone.
Helping Minnesota veterans find employment opportunity has been a high priority for Governor Dayton. So when an employment survey of Minnesota National Guard soldiers serving in Kuwait showed that over 900 soldiers (28%) would not have a job when they returned from combat, the Dayton Administration took action.
Following the survey, an Employment Resource Team from the National Guard, with the help of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), traveled to Kuwait in March 2012 in order to provide workshops and job search assistance for 1,080 soldiers from 10 different states. Those efforts delivered results for hundreds of military families who may otherwise have faced the prolonged challenges of unemployment.
Of the 2,700 Minnesota soldiers returning from Kuwait last spring, only 78 are still unemployed – a 90% improvement in only four months.
Didn’t have a chance to check out the MinnesotaWorks.net Career Fair last Thursday? Here’s a play-by-play of what happened and some of the useful information given out to the 1,700 job seekers who attended.
Eager job searchers began arriving at 6:30 a.m. and the flow of people remained steady the entire day. One job seeker said she felt hopeful that she would find a job at the fair. Employers we spoke to said they found lots of qualified candidates for their open positions.
The resume critique center was busy throughout the day. Within minutes of opening, a 40 minute wait developed for meeting with a resume expert. A convenient ticket system allowed job searchers to grab a number and continue meeting with employers while they waited for their resume critique. According to one resume expert, one common tip they gave to job seekers throughout the day was to make sure all work experience and skills are listed on your resume.
Photo by Gary Lerude
Since 2005, MnDOT’s Safe Routes to School program has increased travel safety for thousands of Minnesota youth who walk or bike to school. Under the federal transportation bill, all 50 states were provided funding; Minnesota was apportioned $18.5 million.
With the already distributed $11.5 million, the project has reached 264 schools and approximately 131,000 students in grades K-8 developmental projects that reduced traffic and promoted environmental responsibility such as air pollution near school zones. Aside from improving safe transportation for youth, MnDOT has also collaborated with partners such as the Minnesota Department of Health to support the program by developing initiatives such as bicycle and pedestrian safety lesson plans and training for schools across the state.
As 2013 approaches, MnDOT and Governor Mark Dayton will continue to work towards creating opportunities and educating Minnesotans about safe commutes for children under the SRTS program.
For more information, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/
Made on the Range, the IRRRB’s new website, is connecting Minnesotans with local businesses this holiday season. Commissioner Tony Sertich promoted the site yesterday, which in its first year has attracted 336 area businesses and visits from 50,000 Minnesota shoppers looking to buy local. To find local businesses or have your business featured, visit madeontherange.com.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of December 2-8 as Human Rights Week in Minnesota. A week-long celebration of human rights events have been planned by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to recognize work being done, and challenges remaining, in addressing disparities, removing barriers of discrimination, and ensuring equal opportunity.The Governor's proclamation reminds Minnesotans of our state's rich diversity of races, cultures, beliefs and ways of life, and of the need to secure freedom from discrimination for all people.