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Title: Labor Force Assessment for Northwest Minnesota


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

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

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Survey Area
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Background
  • 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
    internet
  • Web links between local communities and regional
    site
  • Provide on going commitment to access specific
    data needs
  • Provide assistance in marketing the information

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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
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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
    conditions

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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.

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Available Skills
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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
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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

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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
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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..

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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

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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!

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For more information on the Northwest Minnesota
Labor Market Assessment, go towww.northerntier
hitech.org/labor_force/index.htmor
contactDavid HengelEconomic Development
DirectorHeadwaters Regional Development
CommissionP.O. Box 906Bemidji, MN 56619(218)
444-4732dhengel_at_hrdc.org
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