Jan 18, 2019

Employers look to hire ex-felons trained in technical programs

Many Minnesota employers are struggling to find workers. One place most aren’t likely to look is among ex-felons, who ma...

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Jan 17, 2019

Dear Educated Women, Blue-Collar Men Can Earn Great Livings

It’s worth remembering, if you’re looking for a husband or partner. This commentary appeared at NationalReview.comon Jan...

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Jan 7, 2019

Ideas for improving the lot of American workers (open minds requested)

A new book sounds at times like the stuff of a Democratic caucus, at others like grist for a GOP one. Either way, it sur...

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Dec 31, 2018

Turning Away Business

In a front-page story in the Star Tribune, “Help Wanted: Homebuilders Need Workers” (December 27), reporter Jim Buchta o...

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Dec 13, 2018

Millennial men lagging in workforce participation

In today’s low-unemployment environment, which demographic group is below all others in labor force participation? A rec...

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Dec 12, 2018

“Labor Day Project” Helps Employers Rethink Recruitment Efforts

Minnesota’s accelerating talent shortage has created a mismatch in our labor market. Employers are desperate for skilled...

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Dec 11, 2018

What About More Experienced Workers in Transition?

“Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree” has focused on young men and women, roughly between their high school years and ...

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Dec 10, 2018

Four-Year Snobbery Over There, Not Here

In a speech that might not have been adequately vetted by Karl Rove or Mike Deaver equivalents on Prime Minister Theresa...

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Nov 29, 2018

Manufacturing industry faces talent shortage, but innovative MN programs are here to help

Despite near-historic low unemployment rates in the United States, there is a very real skills shortage threatening grow...

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Nov 8, 2018

Uponor wows urban students with plastic pipe manufacturing

Like most manufacturers, the Uponor company in Apple Valley is confronting a skilled labor shortage. In October, the com...

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