The Northland Economy and the Future of the Job Market Drew Digby, Regional Labor Market Analyst, DEED Northland Human Resources Association December 9, 2008. Overview. Where are we right now What you can do for your employees if you are laying them off Where have we been
Regional Labor Market Analyst, DEED
Northland Human Resources Association
December 9, 2008
In Duluth, in one year, we’ve lost 651 jobs between last October and this October. About three times that number in the whole region
Unemployment claims rose nearly 32% in November for our region.
Statewide, they were up 43%
Our bad news is not as bad as it is elsewhere and we need to learn to use that to our advantage
Duluth Workforce Center
30 years ago in Duluth, more than 24% of all workers had a government job.
Just 12.7% of Duluth workers have a government job
Professional and Technical Services (especially architecture and engineering) are on the rise.
In 2007, they employed 2,176, a rise of 13.9% over five years and had total wage growth of 25.4%
One of the more interesting sectors has been the Industrial Sewing, which includes everything from Duluth Pack to Aerostitch to smaller operations working with canvas. Some 30+ employers indentified and working with Lake Superior College and SOAR to train new employees.
Some interesting new data from the Census suggests that our population is 20-35% more mobile than it used to be. In St. Louis County, between 6 and 8% of the population is new each year in the last three years.
Preliminary data suggests that more folks are moving away when they retire and that our median age has actually gone DOWN since 2000. (Still within the margin of error, we need more data.)
About 22,000 additional workers over the next 10 years.