Workforce

Here you’ll learn all about Hutchinson’s skilled workforce development initiative and find the latest labor data available for the City and McLeod County.

Skilled Workforce Development

 

Skilled Workforce Development Plan
Skilled Workforce Development Plan Presentation

 

In partnership with ISD 423, Ridgewater College, the Southwest Initiative Foundation, other community partners and 19 local manufacturers the Hutchinson EDA has launched a comprehensive effort to address the skilled workforce needs of our community.

Over $1.2 million has been raised to implement the plan.

Our premise is that the solution to the skilled workforce shortage is right in front of us. It’s not about “recruiting” workers from outside the community, but rather “reallocating” the existing human resources within the community.  Specifically we refer to our graduating High School Students.

Right now about 60% of high school graduate will depart for the 4-year University in the fall, but studies indicate that only 33% of jobs in the whole economy require a bachelor’s degree or above. About 57% of jobs in our economy require an Associate’s Degree or some form of credentialed technical training.

With that in mind, we’re in the process of building a talent pipeline from Hutchinson High School to Ridgewater College to local industry.

Five core strategies are currently being implemented:

  1. Realign high school education
  2. Build education pathways
  3. Change stereotypes of manufacturing
  4. Build school-industry connections
  5. Upgrade the high school tech-ed facilities dramatically

Our goal is to help students find the best possible educational and career fit based on their interests and aptitudes and get away from “one size fits all” solutions.

For more information, check out the flipbook pdf at the top of the page.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Miles R. Seppelt, our Economic Development Director, at (320) 234-4223 or email at mseppelt@ci.hutchinson.mn.us

Sources of employees

Source  Phone 
 Minnesota Workforce Center  (320) 587-4740
 Doherty Staffing Solutions  (320) 234-6123
 Spartan Staffing  (320) 587-0400

 

Workforce Availability in McLeod County and the City of Hutchinson

McLeod County

City of Hutchinson

Comparative Rates
Unemployment Unemployment MN US
Year Month Labor Force Employed Un-employed Rate (%) Labor Force Employed Un-employed Rate (%) Rate (%) Rate (%)
2016  DEC  19,960  19,004  956 4.8  7,335  7,067  288 3.9  4.0  4.5 
2016  NOV 19,869  19,184  685  3.4  7,383  7,134  249 3.4  3.3  4.4 
2016  OCT  20,204 19,496  708 3.5  7,514  7,250  264 3.5  3.2  4.7 
2016  SEP  20,264  19,548  716 3.5  7,558  7,269  289  3.8  3.4  4.8 
2016  AUG  20,579  19,735  844  4.1  7,684  7,339  345  4.5  4.0 4.9 
2016 JUL  20,537  19,680  857  4.2  7,662  7,319  343  4.5  3.9  4.9 
2016  JUN  20,655  19,713  942  4.6  7,677  7,331  346  4.5  3.8  4.9 
 2016 MAY  20,288  19,491   797 3.9  7,552   7,248 304 4.0 3.8 4.7
2016  APR  20,242  19,414   828 4.1  7,486  7,220  266 3.6  3.8  5.0
 2016 MAR  20,409  19,343  1,066  5.2  7,500  7,193  307  4.1  3.8 5.0
 2016  FEB  20,271 19,253   1,018 5.0  7,550  7,160  390  5.2  3.7  4.9
 2016  JAN  20.352 19,304   1,048 5.1  7,565  7,179  386  5.1  3.7  4.9 
Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), LAUS Data; Data is seasonally adjusted when available.

Wage Rates in McLeod County by Occupation

NAICS Code* Industry Employment Establishments Average Weekly Wage
  Total – All Industries  17,284 985  $764
23 Construction  601 121  $968
31  Manufacturing 5,799 86 $1,068
42 Wholesale Trade  609 41 $913
44 Retail Trade 2,126 144 $460
51 Information 182 16 $521
52 Finance and Insurance 337 62 $927
53 Real Estate and Rental Leasing 86 31 $414
 54 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services  254  55  $845
55 Management Companies & Enterprises 77 4 $1,372
56 Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services 331 40 $593
61 Educational Services 828 13 $731
62 Health Care & Social Assistance 2,872 98 $618
71 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 189 16 $304
72 Accommodation & Food Services 1,189 67 $239
 81 Other Services (except Public Administration)  407  88  $411
92 Public Administration 720  25 $700
Source: Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED), QCEW Tool
*NAICS = North America Industrial Classification System
Note: Data provided is from Q3, 2014