Rural Reality - Center for Rural Policy Development

Swift. Stearns. Sherburne. Anoka. Kandiyohi. Meeker. Chippewa. Wright. Yellow Medicine. Lincoln Lyon. Pipestone. Population projections predict that as Baby ...
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Rural Reality:

Addressing the coming workforce squeeze What makes a community competitive? Focus on the individual. Population projections predict that as Baby Boomers retire, there will not be enough workers to fill vacant jobs. As a result, communities in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities will be competing for workers at all levels. Our research identified several factors that can make communities and regions attractive to potential employees, entrepreneurs, and people who want to work remotely. Kittson

Lake of the Woods

Marshall Beltrami

St. Louis

Pennington

Cook

Lake

Koochiching

Red Lake

Clay

Clearwater

Itasca

Norman

Mahnomen

Hubbard

Crow Wing

Wadena

Carlton

Pope

Kanabec

Benton

Stearns

Big Stone

6.3% to 21.9%

Sherburne Swift

Anoka

Kandiyohi

Meeker Chippewa

Yellow Medicine

Hennepin

22.0% to 37.9% 38.0% to 52.9% 53.0% to 68.9%

Carver

Sibley

Lincoln Lyon

Ram

McLeod

Renville

s.

Wright

Lac Qui Parle

Scott

69.0% to 84.4%

Dakota

Data: MN State Demographic Center

Redwood Rice

Rock

Murray Nobles

Cottonwood Jackson

Watonwan Blue Earth Martin

Goodhue Wabasha

Le Sueur

Faribault

Waseca

Pipestone

Nicollet Brown

Transportation: Not just roads and bridges but transit, biking and walking.

Cultivate dedicated workers with ongoing education and training programs.

Isanti Chisago

Traverse

Mille Lacs

Morrison

Douglas

Grant

Projected growth in senior population, 2015-2025

Pine

Todd

Washington

Otter Tail

The high cost of housing may price newcomers out of the town of their choice.

37.5% 21.9% 21.9% 6.3%

Aitkin

Wilkin

businesses, government and chambers can identify what jobs are vacant and who can 84.4% 68.8% 53.2% fill them. 68.8% 53.2% 37.5%

Cass

Becker

Stevens

Broadband: A must-have for newcomers and entrepreneurs.

Title hereWorking together,

Roseau

Polk

Be prepared to pay more. Fewer available workers can mean higher wages.

Be welcoming. Help newcomers mix and make friends.

Steele

Freeborn

Dodge

Mower

Olmsted

Winona

Fillmore

Houston

© July 2015 Center for Rural Policy and Development

Making a Competitive Community

Child care is a major barrier to work for some.

Immigrants & minorities are the fastest growing group.

If a town’s water system is out of compliance, there’s little chance for growth.

Where will workers come from in the future? From other states, other countries, and other ethnic groups

Visit our web site at www.ruralmn.org to read more on this topic.

150,000 120,000

• The Minnesota State Demographic Center projects the natural increase in the state’s population due to births and deaths to continue falling as deaths outnumber births for the next few decades.

90,000 60,000

• In the meantime, the number of people migrating in is expected to hold