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Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:02 PM

Minnesota's pandemic employment conundrum; lots of jobs, not enough people who want to work

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that lawmakers will convene for a special session on Monday to pass COVID-19 relief for struggling Minnesotans. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are also negotiating an economic relief package. There's nothing official, but the talks include aid for businesses and extra unemployment benefits.

The state of Minnesota has an employment conundrum. The problem isn't a shortage of jobs, it's a shortage of people who want to work.

Zee Nagberi owns Platinum Staffing in Brooklyn Park. Despite high unemployment rates, his employment agency can't find workers to fill all the job openings his clients have right now.

You could call it pandemic job search procrastination. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), there are two unemployed workers available for every job opening.

"There are about 120,000 job vacancies in the state right now, according to our research," DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said. "And there's about 260,000 to 270,000 people getting a weekly benefit check from the unemployment insurance system. The overall ratio is about 2 to 1. For every unemployed worker in the state right now there is at least one job."

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The fear of getting COVID is real.

"There are some people that are afraid of COVID-19 because they're the more susceptible type to contract the disease," Thompson said. "And then there's the people whose kids are not in school or day care, so they have to stay home to take care of the kids. And then there's the people that don't want to work, or say they can't work."

https://kstp.com/business/minnesotas-pandemic-employment-conundrum-lots-of-jobs-not-enough-people-who-want-to-work-december-9-2020/5947072/

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Reply Minnesota's pandemic employment conundrum; lots of jobs, not enough people who want to work (Original post)
question everything Dec 2020 OP
Laelth Dec 2020 #1
blueinredohio Dec 2020 #2
2naSalit Dec 2020 #3
Wellstone ruled Dec 2020 #4
question everything Dec 2020 #5
Wellstone ruled Dec 2020 #6

Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:06 PM

1. Their math is off.

There are more than two unemployed workers for each job opening—according to the figures above.

-Laelth

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Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:13 PM

2. Some jobs don't pay a living wage.

Why accept one of these jobs if it doesn't pay your bills, gas to get to work, childcare etc.?

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:20 PM

3. Well, when it isn;t worth it to work because...

THERE'S A FUCKING PANDEMIC and they don't want to risk their lives or the lives of their family members for some cheap-assed job that doesn't pay the bills, I guess I wouldn't expect them to work, I wouldn't.

They make it sound like they created a vast population of people who just won't go to work because they got $1200 last spring or something.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:35 PM

4. Interesting isn't it.

 

The Complaining Person runs a Worker Contract Business. And they collect the prevailing wage from the Employer and fill that job at Minimum Wage with out Bennies or overtime. When ever KSTP spews a story about Jobs,rest assured,it is political at best.

Hubbard will never let it go.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 03:50 PM

5. Yes, I know. Yet, they did have DEED Commissioner Steve Grove

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Response to question everything (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 10, 2020, 04:00 PM

6. Noticed that.

 

With this legislative session pretty much done for the term. Some one jockeying for something.

Minnesota is not the only State facing this nightmare. You are more fortunate than all your Neighboring States which have regressive Worker Support Systems. My guess is,ninety nine percent of those so called job openings are Service related. Part Time Xmas package delivery which end in three weeks. Or part time at Amazon in Shakopee or Walmart Distribution in Mankato. Places that are not easily accessed.

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