And that could mean bad news for what the center’s executive director Brad Finstad says could be considered the cornerstone of out-state Minnesota’s economy.
“Manufacturing is a key driver of greater Minnesota’s economy. Not only are the wages higher than other industries, but there is a tremendous ripple effect from manufacturing. Manufacturing induces more jobs than any other industry,” Finstad said.
“Training tomorrow’s workers will be critical to making sure Minnesota has the skilled workers manufacturers need. It’s especially important to continue the efforts of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses and other organizations working with manufacturers to identify their needs and develop specialized programs,” Finstad said.
New reports say Minnesota suffers a skills gap, which has made it hard for employers to find new, skilled workers.
A recently published national study, “Help Wanted,” puts Minnesota near the top in the portion of its jobs that require a post-secondary education — 70 percent of jobs require the extra training. The study also suggests that Minnesota residents will fall short.
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