Tag Archives: trends

Latest Stats Show Steep Hiring Challenges for Northland Employers

Posted by Administrator on May 22, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, a tight labor market meant that there were fewer jobseekers than open positions. That situation has almost returned as the ratio of jobseekers to job vacancies sat at just over one at the end of last year.  Data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development indicates that, as of […]

Northland Navigates Sharp Ups and Downs of Pandemic Economy

Posted by Administrator on November 19, 2020

The Northspan Group and NORTHFORCE (NF) have compiled data that gives insights into the area job market as the Northland continues to navigate the sharp economic ups and downs caused by COVID-19.  This pandemic has presented a perfect storm for the ten northernmost counties of Minnesota and Wisconsin (the area covered by NF). Regional economic […]

Life on the “Mid Coast”

Posted by Administrator on November 17, 2018

A new study on Midwest employment trends puts some serious cracks in “flyover country” rhetoric. Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Walton Family Foundation have released their State of the Heartland: Factbook 2018¬†exploring economic trends within a 19-state region stretching from Minnesota to Louisiana, and from the Dakotas to Tennessee. The study finds that in […]

The TIGHT Job Market Just Got Even Tighter

Posted by Administrator on February 12, 2018

According to CNN,  the U.S. economy added about 200,000 jobs in January 2018. 36,000 workers joined the Construction Industry. Health Care grew by 21,000 new hires. Restaurants & Bars gained 31,000 more bartenders, waiters, and cooks. Manufacturing added 15,000 jobs. Meanwhile, wages grew at the fastest pace in eight years, and unemployment rested at 4.1% […]

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