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Demographics Of Labor Shortage In Minnesota Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer Minnesota Planning January 2001.

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1 Demographics Of Labor Shortage In Minnesota Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer Minnesota Planning January 2001

2 Minnesota's Unemployment Rate Is Low And Falling

3 Change In Ramsey County Workforce

4 Population Change In Minnesota Increased In The 90s

5 l Most come from neighboring states, Texas, California, and Illinois. l Minnesota's migration depends not only on conditions here but also those of our trading states. l These conditions have been very favorable for Minnesota since the mid 1980s Minnesota Is Riding A Wave Of In- Migration Since 1987

6 Minnesota's Population Is Aging: Projected Population 2000 to 2010

7 Minnesota Employment Growth In The 90s Is Similar To Growth Since 1950 But It Is Faster Than Labor Force or Working Age Population

8 Employment To Population Ratio

9 Growth In The Working Age Population Is Projected To Slow

10 Minnesota State Government Workforce Is Aging Rapidly

11 n The shortages appear to be greatest at the highest and lowest skill level occupations. n As higher wage jobs become available, people tend to move from the lower wages jobs to the higher wage ones, further aggrivating the shortages in the lower wage occupations. n This process should place upward pressure on wages and benefits in the lower wage jobs, unless there exists barriers to increasing wages. Increasing Shortages In Lower Wage Occupations

12 n Improve wages, benefits and working conditions especially to retain existing workers as well as to attract new ones. n Make use of new sources of labor, such as welfare recipients, retirees, disabled, and immigrants. n Increase per worker productivity. Includes making existing workers more productive as well as hiring or promoting people from lower wage jobs. Some Possible Business Responses To Labor Shortage


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