Local Look blogs: Regional Demand

Local Look Blog

Each month, DEED's Regional Analysis & Outreach unit produces a series of blogs exploring local labor market information. Please contact your regional analyst for more information. 

Central Minnesota: Over two-thirds of jobs in Central Minnesota do not require higher education for entry. Identifying specific skills – instead of degree levels – has the potential to direct students to those fields where they’re most needed.

Twin Cities Metro: With spring sports teeing off, hiring for seasonal and part-time positions is also in full swing. Swimming instructors, lifeguards, coaches, assistant coaches, and other positions are open for job seekers. Seasonal equipment operators, park maintenance workers, shop attendants, and other related positions are also hiring.

Northeast Minnesota: The number of job vacancies remained high in Northeast Minnesota, with employers reporting just over 6,000 open positions in the fourth quarter of 2016. That was the fifth highest number ever posted in the region. 

Northwest Minnesota: Construction is projected to be both the third fastest and third largest growing sector in Northwest Minnesota over the next decade. Though the work will remain seasonal, this projected growth should lead to steady demand for new workers in the next 10 years. All but one construction occupation is expected to see new job growth in the region, including six occupations projected to grow more than 10 percent.

Southeast MinnesotaMeeting the monetary threshold to afford the basic cost of living needs is not always easy, especially when it comes to the high price tags on things such as housing, food, and transportation. Southeast Minnesota is no different than other areas in the state when it comes to those financial realities.

Southwest Minnesota: Management positions provide economic opportunities that few occupations in Southwest Minnesota can match. At just under $37 bucks per hour, the median wage for management occupations is more than twice as high as the median wage for all occupations in the area and nearly $7 an hour more than architectural and engineering jobs, the next highest paying occupational category.