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Southeast Minnesota Job Seekers Outnumber Job Openings 7-to-1


Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

The latest Job Vacancy Survey from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows that in Southeast Minnesota* there are 18,500 unemployed workers competing for 2,500 unfilled jobs. This means that job seekers outnumber job openings by more than 7-to-1.**

Just two years ago, the ratio of job seekers to job openings in the region was 3-to-1. Since then, job seekers have risen 71 percent; job openings have fallen 30 percent. During this period, job openings fell sharply in two of the region's largest occupational groups: healthcare practitioners/technicians fell 63 percent; and office/administrative support fell 77 percent.

Other major findings for Southeast Minnesota include:

• More than one-third (35 percent) of the openings are temporary or seasonal; more than half (56 percent) are part-time.

• Less than half (45 percent) of the openings offer health care.

• One-third of the openings require education or training beyond high school.

• The median wage for all job openings is $10.05 per hour.***

JOBS NOW's newly updated Cost of Living research shows that in a Southeast Minnesota family of four with both parents working, each worker must earn $13.38 per hour to meet basic needs. To see the Cost of Living in Minnesota research by county, go to JOBS NOW's web site at www.jobsnowcoalition.org and click on the link for the Family Wage and Budget Calculator.

Questions? Contact Kevin Ristau at 651-290-0240 or kristau@jobsnowcoalition.org

* The Southeast Minnesota Economic Region consists of the following counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

**http://www.positivelyminnesota.com/Data_Publications/Data/Current_Economic_Highlights/Job_Vacancies.aspx Figures for job seekers and job openings are from fourth quarter 2009.

*** A median is a midway point; half of the jobs are above it, half below.

WALZ ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO MAYO CLINIC TO SPUR LOCAL INNOVATION, JOBS

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Washington, DC- Today at a press conference with Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Congressman Walz announced that Mayo Clinic was selected as 1 of 15 communities nationally to serve as a pilot p ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher says thank you on National Teacher Day

Tue, May 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 4, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher offered his congratulations to all 70,000 state educators on Wednesday, which is National Teacher Day.



"Teachers do so much every day that goes unnoticed," said Do ..... 
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Ryan Vernosh named 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Brooklyn Park, Minn., May 2, 2010 - Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul, has been chosen 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.



Vernosh says the core of his education philosophy is "an un ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90 ..... 
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PUBLIC SAFETY: BIG DROP IN MOTORCYCLE DEATHS IN 2009

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) show motorcycle deaths dropped significantly last year. There were 52 motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2009, a 28 percent decrease from a 24-year high of 72 deaths ..... 
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STATE REQUESTS SIX COUNTIES, ONE TRIBE, BE ADDED TO DISASTER

Thu, Apr 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) today requested six counties be added to the major disaster declaration for spring flooding.

In a letter to FEMA, HSEM requested ..... 
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Public invited to moose symposium

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

A combination of challenges are ganging up on Minnesota's sensitive moose populations - warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increased varieties of diseases and parasites, and changes in predator populations. Are we watching the end of Min ..... 
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Southwest Airlines Adds Service Between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Phoenix

Tue, Apr 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL - Metropolitan Airports Commission Executive Director Jeff Hamiel welcomed Southwest Airlines' announcement today that it is adding service between MSP and Phoenix.



"Southwest Airlines has only operated at MSP sin ..... 
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