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Employers reach out to people with disabilities

Minnesota’s workforce shortages are encouraging employers to reach out to a previously often-overlooked group—people with disabilities. A recent MinnPost article highlights the success of Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), a nonprofit that, for more than 50 years, has helped people with physical, mental or emotional disabilities find opportunities to participate in the labor market....

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Learning from 26 Million Job Postings

Two members of the Harvard Business School faculty, Joseph B. Fuller and Manjari Raman, write about a four-year degree inflation problem in a 2017 report, "Dismissed by Degrees: How Degree Inflation is Undermining U.S. Competitiveness and Hurting America’s Middle Class." It challenges the idea that employers are as willing to hire men and women with credentials other than four-year degrees as my American Experiment colleagues and I contend they are. ...

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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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Good news for young people: Paid internships are becoming the norm

For years, many young college-aged Americans have viewed getting an internship almost as a rite of passage. Traditionally, internships have offered many advantages—helping to develop marketable skills, sprucing up a resume, and frequently earning college credit. Unfortunately, these internships often haven’t paid a dime. Today that’s changing, thanks to America’s robust employment rate. ...

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Minnesota Needs to Address Labor Shortage in Education Curricula

Why do most schools around the country have a three-month break every summer? The nine-month school year was adopted over a century ago, so children could work on the farms during prime harvesting months. This is an example of the public education system adapting to the economy. The top priority for any public education system should be preparing the students to be productive members of society, including preparing them to join the labor force. Currently, one of the top issues with the Minnesota economy is a labor shortage. Not just any labor, but high skilled labor in technical fields that require...

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Rep. Erik Paulsen’s bid to end Obamacare Medical Device Tax is expected to be signed into law this year

The 2.3 percent tax, which became effective in 2013, already took in $5 billion in three years, before getting suspended. The concern is that the tax will hurt small companies and suppress innovation and startups, with the attendant loss of jobs and economic growth. It is expected to be repealed by the end of 2018. DFL Senators who voted for Obamacare are in favor of repeal....

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Why Automation Sometimes Races But More Often Chugs

Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation is a study by McKinsey & Company, released in 2017, that examines work around the world “that can be automated through 2030 and jobs that may be created in the same period." McKinsey’s “scenarios” suggest that by 2030, somewhere between 75 million to 375 million workers, which will be three to 14 percent of the worldwide workforce, will “need to switch occupational categories.”...

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