Workforce

Availability of workforce is the # 1 issue facing employers today.  On this page you’ll find information about Hutchinson’s award-winning skilled workforce development initiative, sources of employees, area workforce availability and local wage rates.

Skilled Workforce Development

Hutchinson has launched the most ambitious skilled workforce development initiative in Minnesota!

It’s called TigerPath and it’s built around the premise that the solution to our skilled workforce needs is right in front of us:  it’s the kids in our high schools.  Here’s a PowerPoint presentation outlining our plan:

 

Skilled Workforce Development Plan Presentation (pdf)

 

The TigerPath Initiative is a collaborative effort between the Hutchinson EDA, ISD 423, Ridgewater College, the Southwest Initiative Foundation and 25 local employers and partners to develop the skilled workforce our economy needs.

To date we’ve raised over $1.56 million to implement the plan.

The central fact that informs our effort is that 2/3 of all jobs in the economy require 2-years or less of education past high school (but currently 58% of graduating seniors pursue a bachelor’s degree).  With TigerPath our goal is to get young people going to where the jobs actually are.

TigerPath is: “Discovering Talent, Developing Skills, Building Careers.”

Six core strategies make up Hutchinson’s TigerPath initiative:

  1. Realign high school education by implementing the TigerPath Academies – a career academy model of education designed to help students discover their talents, develop their skills and build rewarding careers based on their own interests and aptitudes,  getting away from “one-size-fits-all” solutions.
  2. Build seamless educational pathways between high school & college so students can earn free college credit and industry-recognized credentials before they graduate high school.
  3. Change outdated stereotypes about manufacturing, education & career choices and gender in the workforce through tours of local precision high-tech manufacturers, job shadowing, a dedicated website and other marketing activities.
  4. Build school-employer relationships by implementing an internship program for high school students with local manufacturers and other employers, along with other initiatives such as “adopt a class-room.”
  5. Dramatically upgrade high school tech-ed facilities & equipment at the high school to change the stereotype students & parents have of manufacturing, get students inspired and excited about technical education & careers and provide first-class, real-world equipment for students to train on.
  6. Launch Tiger Manufacturing – an authentic manufacturing business based in the high school, run by students, designing and manufacturing real products for real customers.  Tiger Manufacturing will add relevance to coursework, provide a realistic work experience, build teamwork & soft skills, foster critical thinking & problem solving skills, and teach entrepreneurship and business operations.

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

An executive summary of the TigerPath Initiative can be downloaded here: TigerPath Executive Summary

Finally, this website contains a lot of useful information about the TigerPath Academies at Hutchinson High School and the rationale behind them:  www.HutchTigerPath.com

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
DEC
19,414
18,670
744
3.8
7,217
6,958
259
3.6
3.2
3.7
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 
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