April 2019 Employment Figures

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the April 2019 employment figures on Thursday. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw a gain of 501 jobs or 0.9% year-over-year in the month of April.

Private sector hourly earning have significantly increased over the last two years. Since April of 2017, wages have increased 12.3%; to $26.87 per hour. Average hours worked (27.8 a week) has decreased as more employers try to offer flexible schedules to fill vacant positions.

Manufacturing employment jumped up 3.3% in April. This is the second highest (2017) rate of growth since 2001.

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Building A Magnetic Culture

smahra-logoWith the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative and local efforts regarding talent attraction and retention (like moremankato.com), we feel it is critical to share important and helpful information to further mobilize the community around the workforce shortage. Read more for a guest blog post submitted by the Board President of the Southern Minnesota Area Human Resources Association (SMAHRA), J.D. Qualley.

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On Being a Successful Business in an Everchanging World

bison.jpgThe following is a guest blog post authored by Scot Zellmer. Scot is one of the organizers that worked on behalf of adoption and recognition by the City of Mankato of Indigenous Peoples Day. His post speaks to the importance of ensuring our community adopts a “wide range of inclusive and affirming business practices” in order to attract and retain the talent we’ll need to fuel our economy. Continue reading “On Being a Successful Business in an Everchanging World”

Ways to Attract & Keep Employees

Browsing through the Star Tribune’s website today, I found a little nugget that I thought would be appropriate to share — after all, sharing is caring. Of the Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces of 2017, some of the firms that scored highest in talent retention shared their tips for doing so. The tips range from “Be Nice” to “FREE BEER”! Us Minnesotans should have the be nice part down, right? Continue reading “Ways to Attract & Keep Employees”

The Workforce Series (8): Highlighting the Hiring Burden

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Talent Initiative, Greater Mankato Growth is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Highlighting the Hiring Burden

Contributed by: Grant Moody, Express Employment Professionals

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Webinar for Training Program

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On February 13, at 10 am, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is conducting a webinar for a program already used by two Greater Mankato area employers.  The PIPELINE Program is a training program that is industry-based and employer-driven. Continue reading “Webinar for Training Program”

Incentives for an Untapped Labor Pool

The Greater Mankato area is sitting at an unemployment rate of 2.5% as of December 2017.  Employers are looking for creative ways to grow their companies through new workforce recruitment tactics.  With unemployment, this low, innovative ideas need to be explored. Continue reading “Incentives for an Untapped Labor Pool”

The Workforce Series (7): Tax Credit for Employers

workforce blog seriesAs part of the Greater Mankato Growth Talent Initiative, GMG is publishing a guest blog series highlighting the programs, tools and resources that are available in our marketplace. This series can serve as a catalog or library for businesses to address workforce issues. 

 

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

Written by: Connie Hines, Workforce Development Specialist, MN DEED

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