DEED Roundup – June 18, 2018

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June 18, 2018

DEED in the News

A New Way of Doing Things at the St. Paul WorkForce Center
St. Paul Pioneer Press-6/15/18

Ramsey County Commissoiner Toni Carter

Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, right foreground, joined other local officials in celebrating the grand re-opening of the St. Paul WorkForce Center in the Midway neighborhood last week.

The newly-remodeled space in the Griggs-Midway Building has been reorganized and downsized to create a less cavernous, impersonal feel.

The three St. Paul-area workforce centers — and to various degrees, workforce centers across the state — are rolling out a new way of doing things.

Minnesota Employers Power Through Worker Shortage in May
Minneapolis Star Tribune-6/15/18

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After Minnesota lost nearly 4,000 jobs in April, economists worried that another sizable decline in May would mean that the state's labor shortage had reached the critical point where it was constraining growth. Instead, employers added 10,200 jobs last month, the biggest jump of the year.

"It's been awhile since we had a gain this big," said Steve Hine, labor market analyst at DEED.

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State Adds 10,200 Jobs in May; Jobless Rate Falls to 3.1 Percent 

Minnesota had its strongest month of job growth in more than a year, with employers adding 10,200 jobs in May. With those gains, the state has added 29,188 jobs in the past year, a 1 percent growth rate. The U.S. rate of job growth during that period was 1.7 percent. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in May, the lowest level since July 2000.

St. Paul WorkForce Center Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Leaders from DEED, Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul gathered last Thursday morning to celebrate the grand re-opening of the St. Paul WorkForce Center. The center, located at 540 Fairview Ave. N., recently underwent physical updates, including increased space for workshops, one-on-one job counseling and on-site employer interviews.

Did You Know?

University of St. Thomas sign

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is the top college in Minnesota for graduates trying to land a job. According to a study by career guidance website Zippia, the school had a job placement rate of 94.38 percent. The No. 1 school in the nation was Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., with a job placement rate of 96.185 percent.