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Ep 16: Pandemic’s impact on the rural workforce

Last week we released our report exploring how the pandemic has impacted jobs and the workforce in Rural Minnesota. And on this episode, we get to dive in a bit deeper into this topic with a couple of our Workforce Development Boards and a labor analyst with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ...

Rural unemployment and participation in the labor force

By Kelly Asche, Research associate & Marnie Werner, VP Research This week the Center is released a new report on the state of rural Minnesota’s workforce. In 2019, we assembled a four-part series on rural Minnesota’s worker shortage, it’s impact on economic growth in Greater Minnesota, and what rural communities are doing about the problem. ...

Pandemic paints a different employment picture in rural Minnesota

Pandemic paints a different employment picture in rural Minnesota January 2021 By Kelly Asche, Research Associate, & Marnie Werner, Director of Research For a printable version of this report, click here. Our podcast episode diving deeper into this research can be found here. To read our previous research on rural workforce shortages, click here. During ...

What a year

Here’s to blue skies ahead in 2021.   By Marnie Werner, VP of Research & Operations Okay, it’s been a crazy year, right? Who would have imagined on January 1 of 2020 all the things we’ve been through by Dec. 31? For many of us, it was a sad, frustrating year. All our personal plans ...

Ep 13: The importance of rural grocery stores – Kathy Draeger, University of Minnesota Extension | Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

Kathy Draeger, the statewide Director of the University of Minnesota Extension –  Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, wants rural communities to see their local grocery stores as the assets they are. Small town grocery stores have been facing an uphill battle against increasing competition from the big national chains. In this interview, Kathy and Julie will ...