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Title: Labor Force Assessment for Northwest Minnesota

Labor Force Assessment for Northwest Minnesota
  • David Hengel
  • Headwaters Regional Development Commission

  • Bemidji State University
  • Northwest Technical College
  • MN Department of Economic Security
  • Northwest Minnesota Foundation
  • Northwest and Headwaters Regional Development
  • Local Employers- Arctic Cat, Digi-Key, etc.
  • Numerous Communities
  • DTED and the Minnesota Legislature

Survey Area
  • The Goals of the Project were to
  • Provide labor market information valuable to
    local communities and employers for training,
    development and marketing purposes
  • Focus on providing data at the labor shed level
    as defined by communities and employers
  • Collected the data at the zip code level,
    allowing for flexible definition of the
    geographic area
  • Provide flexible and ongoing access to data
  • Access through the regional development
    commissions, Bemidji State University or over the
  • Web links between local communities and regional
  • Provide on going commitment to access specific
    data needs
  • Provide assistance in marketing the information

So why is this data so valuable?
  • The information is very valuable for marketing
    your community and targeting industries.
  • For example, hypothetically
  • Hearing of Minnesotas wonderful climate, a
    database management company wants to investigate
    a move from Phoenix, AZ to Bemidji
  • Moving from a metro area to a rural community,
    they are concerned about the labor force
  • Are there enough employees available?
  • Do they have the skills I need (mostly computer
    type skills)?
  • Can I pay them enough (I can pay 12/hour)?
  • How can this information help them better
    understand the Bemidji Area? How can it help
    market Bemidji?

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Employment Status
Unemployed- 6.3
  • There are over 32,500 people in the Bemidji area
    labor force
  • 6.3, or over 2,000, are currently unemployed
  • People are unemployed for a variety of reasons.
    The biggest reasons are they are currently in job
    transition or have a family constraint.

Employed- 93.7
Number of Available Workers
  • The HRDC estimates there are just over 8,600
    people available to work in the Bemidji area.
  • This includes the currently unemployed (2,064
    people) and the employed by available for a
    different job (6,600)
  • Availability depends on the type of job and job

Cumulative Number of Available Workers by Wage
  • The Bemidji labor shed has an estimated 3,365
    people who would be interested in taking a job
    that pays less up to 12/hour. The type of job
    and the skills required also determine the
    extent to which the available workforce is
    interested in a new job.

Available Skills
Job Tenure
Average Years on Job
  • Employees in the Bemidji area have a relatively
    long tenure at their jobs. On average, the
    Bemidji area employee has been on the same job
    for 10 years.

Age of Employee
Educational Level of Available Workforce
  • 66 of Bemidjis available workforce has some
    level of post secondary education
  • An additional 32 have a high school diploma

Use a Computer
- Nearly three-quarters (74) of the Bemidji
area labor force utilize computers on a regular
basis for business or home use.
No- 26
Yes- 74
Clearly, there is no better place in the world
for this company to locate than Bemidji!
  • or Crookston, or Thief River Falls, or East Grand
    Forks, or Fosston or Park Rapids..

Targeting Industries
  • Communities and economic development
    organizations can use the information to
    target industries
  • The number of available workers with specific
    skills are broken down for the following
    industries Production/Operation, Information
    Technology, Engineering/Technical,
    Professional/Sales and Administration

What we learned
  • This information has many uses
  • Education and training providers
  • Local Employers
  • Grant applications and other generic data uses
  • But its highest and best use is for marketing
  • This level of labor force information is a
    competitive advantage for Minnesota we need to
    use it!

For more information on the Northwest Minnesota
Labor Market Assessment, go towww.northerntier
contactDavid HengelEconomic Development
DirectorHeadwaters Regional Development
CommissionP.O. Box 906Bemidji, MN 56619(218)