Local Look blogs - Finding the Right Job in a Tight Labor Market

Locla Look

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.  

Twin Cities Metro:The Twin Cities Metro Area is experiencing very tight labor market conditions. In the second quarter of 2018, Metro Area employers reported more than 82,000 job vacancies, the highest number ever posted. Meanwhile, unemployment has hit record lows across the region, dropping to 2.6 percent in the Metro Area, a rate not seen since late 2000.

Central Minnesota: Health science, one of the six career fields defined by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota State College and University system, is a broad field that includes five distinct career pathways. Each of the five career pathways are made up of numerous individual occupations that workers do for a living. 

Northeast MinnesotaMinnesota is known for its well-educated workforce, where more than 92 percent of adults have at least a high school diploma, two-thirds (66.6%) have at least some college experience, and almost 43 percent have a college degree: either an associate, bachelor’s, or advanced degree. Northeast Minnesota has slightly lower educational attainment rates overall than the state, but more detailed data show that the gap is closing with younger age groups.

Northwest Minnesota Northwest Minnesota’s economy is thriving, with record employment levels and unprecedented numbers of job vacancies. Northwest is a great place to live and work, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s OnTheMap tool, the region is actually a net exporter of labor, having fewer jobs than available workers. In 2015, 189,191 workers both lived and worked in Northwest, while another 32,545 workers drove into the region for work. This is compared to 68,686 workers who lived in the region but drove to outside areas for work. 

Southeast Minnesota: One of the most difficult employment barriers to overcome is having a criminal background – and it’s not as uncommon as some may think. According to We Are All Criminals, one in four individuals has a criminal record, whether is it a single incident or multiple offenses over time.  Despite efforts to mitigate the impact of having a criminal past, such as Ban the Box regulations passed in Minnesota, one’s criminal history is still publicly available online and can easily be accessed by employers.

Southwest MinnesotaWhen it comes to employment, there’s nothing worse than disliking what you do. A startling 20 to 40 percent of workers state that they hate their job, according to a Forbes magazine article. A CBS News article referenced a Gallup study showing that 16 percent of workers are ‘actively disengaged.’ Put into context, the most current estimates from DEED’s Local Area Unemployment Statistics show that there are about 216,000 employed people in the Southwest Planning Region. Based on the above percentages, between 35,000 and 85,000 workers may not like their current jobs!