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 Change outdated stereotypes about manufacturing, education & career choices and gender in the workforce through tours of local precision high-tech manufacturers, job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 (%)
2020 JAN 19,401 18,384 1,017 5.2 7,211 6,890 321 4.5 3.2 3.6
2019 DEC 19,592 18,752 840 4.3 7,259 6,984 275 3.8 3.3 3.5
2019 NOV 19,519 18,934 585 3.0 7,278 7,052 226 3.1 3.3 3.5
2019 OCT 19,618 19,111 507 2.6 7,316 7,118 198 2.7 3.2 3.6
2019 SEP 19,539 19,024 515 2.6 7,300 7,086 214 2.9 3.2 3.5
2019 AUG 19,662 19,010 652 3.3 7,356 7,080 276 3.8 3.3 3.7
2019 JUL 19,855 19,158 697 3.5 7,446 7,136 310 4.2 3.4 3.7
2019 JUN 19,788 19,081 707 3.6 7,410 7,107 303 4.1 3.3 3.7
2019 MAY 19,532 18,962 570 2.9 7,300 7,063 237 3.2 3.3 3.6
2019 APR
19,434
18,693
741
3.8
7,241
6,962
279
3.9
3.2
3.3
2019 MAR
19,488
18,504
984
5.0
7,237
6,892
345
4.8
4.1
3.9
2019 FEB
19,426
18,466
960
4.9
7,208
6,878
330
4.6
4.0
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  14,265 933  $853
23 Construction  621 109  $1,130
31  Manufacturing 4,713 77 $1,160
42 Wholesale Trade  511 30 $1,139
44 Retail Trade 1,908 127 $482
51 Information 173 15 $543
52 Finance & Insurance 355 74 $1,120
53 Real Estate and Rental Leasing 60 30 $534
54 Professional, Scientific & Technical Services  203  54 $850
55 Management Companies & Enterprises 80 5 $1,260
56 Administrative and Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services 402 39 $796
61 Educational Services 143 7 $510
62 Health Care & Social Assistance 2,827 119 $798
71 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 191 17 $301
72 Accommodation & Food Services 1,063 60 $288
 81 Other Services  395  103  $533
Source: Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED), QCEW Tool
*NAICS = North America Industrial Classification System
Note: Data provided is from Q3, 2019