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Resources for Job Seekers during Challenging Times

7/7/2020 9:00:00 AM

Tim O'Neill

As of May 2020, the unemployment rate in Minnesota stood at 9.9%, which represented approximately 302,741 unemployed persons. This is the highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate recorded in Minnesota. Since February, the number of employed persons in the state has dropped by nearly 260,000 people, while the number of unemployed persons has risen by over 206,600 workers. For reference, the unemployment rate in February 2020 was 3.1%.

While May's employment numbers did show some signs of stabilization, for the record number of people currently unemployed, this is a very difficult situation. For many people their financial situation may become more challenging when the additional $600 a week in benefits goes away at the end of July. Congress has not approved an extension of those temporary additional payments.

Luckily, DEED and its workforce development partners offer many resources for people looking for work right now.

Virtual Resources for Job Seekers

For those job seekers living in the Seven-County Metro Area, and around Minnesota, many of the numerous options for workers seeking to find employment or transition into a new job can be found online at On the Virtual & Interactive Services for Career Seekers page on that website jobseekers can find new and upcoming online job clubs, interview skills workshops, resume writing workshops, virtual career fairs, online Coursera classes, LinkedIn workshops, and more. On the Online Tools page on, career seekers can link to interest and skills assessments, a listing of top jobs hiring now in Minnesota, plus wage, educational requirements and other pertinent info for those top jobs. And jobseekers can search thousands of open positions in Minnesota using the Job Search tool on

CareerForce locations throughout the Metro Area and Minnesota offer individual assistance sessions by appointment – either virtually or in person. For example, the CareerForce Career Lab in West St. Paul opened for limited services on June 18th. These services include access to computers, phone, and fax for job search related activities, with appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-10:30am and 11:00am-1:00pm. Call or email staff a CareerForce location near you to find out more about the services available and how to access them.

Job seekers can utilize DEED's labor market information at any time online. To explore careers and prepare for your job search, check out the following resources:

One can also reach out to DEED's labor market analysts for assistance at any time.

For More Information

Contact Tim O'Neill, Labor Market Analyst.

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