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

The TIGERPATH Initiative

Skilled Workforce Development Plan Presentation (pdf)

 

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 Miles

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 (%)
2018  NOV 19,185  18,755  430  2.2  7,172  6,989  183 2.6  2.8  3.7 
2018  OCT  19,337 18,928  409 2.1  7,222  7,054  168 2.3  2.8  3.7 
2018  SEP  19,243 18,834  409 2.1  7,184  7,019  165 2.3  2.8  3.7 
2018  AUG  19,348  18,884  464  2.4  7,202  7,037  165 2.3  2.9 3.9 
2018 JUL  19,730  19,205  525  2.7  7,335  7,157  178 2.4  3.0  3.9 
2018  JUN  19,806  19,199  607  3.1  7,372  7,155  217 2.9  3.1  4.0 
2018 MAY  19,638  19,120  518 2.6  7,314  7,125 189 2.6 3.1 3.8
2018  APR  19,686  18,966   720 3.7  7,317  7,068  249 3.4  3.2  3.9
2018 MAR 19,651  18,765  886  4.5  7,295  6,993  302 4.1  3.2 4.1
 2018  FEB  19,621 18,716   905 4.6  7,281  6,975  306 4.2 3.2 4.1
 2018  JAN  19,567 18,651   916 4.7  7,245  6,951  294 4.1  3.3 4.1 
2017
DEC
19,224
18,493
731
3.8
7,111
6,888
223
3.1
3.3
4.1
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  14,620 900  $894
23 Construction  548 107  $1,041
31  Manufacturing 4,999 80 $1,256
42 Wholesale Trade  513 32 $1,440
44 Retail Trade 2,043 128 $489
51 Information 168 14 $538
52 Finance & Insurance 365 67 $1,046
53 Real Estate and Rental Leasing 74 31 $485
54 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services  226  53 $1,008
55 Management Companies & Enterprises 101 5 $1,132
56 Administrative and Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services 343 38 $694
61 Educational Services 101 4 $403
62 Health Care & Social Assistance 2,913 104 $809
71 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 181 17 $351
72 Accommodation & Food Services 1,075 63 $281
 81 Other Services  386  91  $520
Source: Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED), QCEW Tool
*NAICS = North America Industrial Classification System
Note: Data provided is from Q2, 2018