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“Visitors can get you only so far,” Upper Michigan Hungry For More Mining

Mining opponents throughout the country cite tourism and recreation industries as "sustainable" alternatives to mining, including in Minnesota. However, what these arguments miss is that people who live in areas that are dependent upon tourism are hungry for opportunities in other industries because the tourism industry simply does not provide the kind of high-wage jobs that people in the area need to raise and support a family....

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“Any Chance of Paying Off Your College Loans by Your Silver Anniversary?”

In doing research for a new book inspired by Great Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree, I recently conducted a roundtable with five young adults at which we talked about a variety of issues, including the potential toll of college debt.  Or, more precisely, we discussed how sizable college debt might affect whether people become romantically involved with one another and possibly marry.  The conversation at one point turned to dating services, which prompted a participant to propose a new online profile question: “How much college debt do you have?”...

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Join Great Jobs at TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Symposium

Minnesota’s workforce reality requires increased talent recruitment and retention to tackle a worker shortage expected to explode the number of unfilled technical positions from the current 60,000 to close to 200,000 by the end of 2022. On September 19, gubernatorial candidates, business leaders, educators, and community members will have the opportunity to strategize, plan, and partner together on efforts to meet the state’s short and long-term talent needs at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Symposium....

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Can immigration boost per capita GDP growth?

In terms of per capita incomes, what matters is productivity. Immigration will help boost per capita GDP to the extent that it boosts productivity. From an economic standpoint, we want more skilled immigrants in Minnesota. Policies which will reduce this should be opposed. But neither should we fall for the mistaken belief that increasing immigration per se will sustain per capita incomes in the future. ...

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