Updated: December 02, 2020 06:29 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 05:40 PM
With so many out of work as a result of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has been working hard to connect people to jobs.
Commissioner Steve Grove said there are roughly 120,000 job vacancies across the state.
According to Grove, industries in highest demand of workers include manufacturing, retail, food preparation and healthcare.
“So many of these jobs pay great wages and don't necessarily require a certification or a degree or previous experience. They do on-the-job training. So, one of the things we're trying to do is remind Minnesotans that there is in fact opportunity out there right now and we're here to help,” Grove said.
Grove emphasized that these jobs could be temporary positions to make ends meet or long term positions if they are a good fit.
“A lot of folks look at those industries and maybe haven’t considered them before, but if you have a background in the service industry, for example, in a restaurant or a hotel, you’ve already got that kind of skillset around service that can apply really well to the healthcare sector,” Grove said.
Grove acknowledged that safety may be a concern for some people considering applying for these jobs, but said that the businesses DEED works with make the health and wellbeing of their employees a priority.
“Every employer we’ve talked to who is hiring in these fields does a lot on the safety front, whether it is PPE or designing a work place with appropriate social distancing. In many cases, you may actually be safer at work than in social settings given some of the safety precautions set up,” Grove said.
Despite increases in unemployment across the state over the last two months, Grove said Minnesota has one of the most resilient economies in the nation and he is confident it will recover.
Job opportunities for those looking for work across Minnesota can be found at careerforcemn.com. And, job opportunities for those looking for work here in Duluth can be found at careerforcemn.com/duluth.