Local Look blogs - Making Ends Meet

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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: Ever wonder what it takes to meet a basic needs cost-of-living in the Twin Cities Metro Area? According to data from DEED’s Cost of Living Calculator, a single individual without children would need to earn an hourly wage of $15.69 (equivalent to an annual budget of $32,640). For the typical family of three, which includes one full-time working adult, one part-time working adult, and one child, each working adult would need to earn an hourly wage of $19.51 (equivalent to an annual family budget of $60,864) to meet basic needs in the region. 

CENTRAL MINNESOTA: Following the career wheel hierarchy, architecture and construction is a career cluster within the engineering, manufacturing, and technology career field. In Central Minnesota more than 16,000 jobs exist in construction and architecture, with most jobs in the construction pathway. High demand and not enough workers in this segment of the economy is fueling both record numbers of openings and pushing wages higher.

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA: The number of workers with a disability is growing in Northeast Minnesota, even as the overall labor force shrinks. CareerForce and the local workforce development boards will offer a day-long presentation on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities on Wednesday, August 21 at the Aad Shrine Meeting and Event Center in Hermantown. The presentation will include a panel of employers with experience in hiring employees with disabilities. This no-cost event includes lunch!

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA: While the median annual wage in Northwest was about $9,750 lower than in the Twin Cities, the cost of living for a typical family was also about $13,750 lower in Northwest than the Twin Cities metro. Likewise, Central Minnesota’s cost of living was nearly $6,000 above and Northeast was about $1,500 higher than Northwest. In all cases, the median hourly wage in each region was above the hourly wage required to meet a basic needs cost of living.

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA: With 244,597 jobs in 2018, Southeast Minnesota accounted for about 8.5 percent of the total jobs in the state, ranking second in total jobs behind the seven-county metro region, which accounts for 61.2 percent of statewide jobs.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA: Demand for workers in agriculture is high across the region, prompting the Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council and the South Central Workforce Council to promote career paths in agriculture and food manufacturing through a series of posts on the Southwest Minnesota Careers Facebook page. The #knowbeforeyougo campaign has created a series of infographics that explain local labor market information in a format that students and job seekers might connect with better. The bright colors and quick summaries are meant to help people understand relevant data on the careers and industries that are in demand in the region.