In this issue’s cover story we release the complete results and narrative from the third round of the Hiring Difficulties Survey.
One goal of the survey is to identify if skilled manufacturing jobs are difficult to fill because of a skills gap or demand-side reasons. From what we’re seeing, employers will have to provide on-the-job training and sustain their partnerships with local schools and education providers to bridge skills gaps, especially for highly-technical positions that require company-specific skills and knowledge.
We have a severe workforce shortage, well documented by the Labor Market Information Office. The fast-changing global economy requires that we ask ourselves if we're ready for what's next.
In Minnesota, we have much to be optimistic about, yet no one would say that the growth of our economy is inevitable. Now, more than ever, we are focused on the future of Minnesota’s workforce – as is this issue of Trends.
Hiring Difficulties in Manufacturing summarizes detailed employer interviews on hiring skilled production, repair and engineering technician occupations in manufacturing. What are the most difficult to fill?
The similarities and differences between the current economic expansion and previous ones. In July 2019, the current expansion, which started in June 2009, moved passed the 1991-2001 expansion as the longest of the 11 post-World War II expansions.
A snapshot of the state’s construction industry so far this year. The general outlook for the industry is positive, but like manufacturing, construction needs to find strategies to diversify its workforce.