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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...