What’s the job of the future? Coder? Robotics engineer? Mars-shuttle pilot? If you’re looking at the job field that’s expected to grow the most in Minnesota in the next 10 years, the answer is a bit more down to earth: personal health care aides. Minnesota is expected to add 23,000 personal health care aide jobs between 2016 and 2026, more than in any other specific job field, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That boom in employment is being driven by an aging population and changes in late-in-life care away from nursing home facilities and toward assisted living and remaining at home but with help. If 23,000 new jobs in the next decade sound like a good thing, there’s a pretty important caveat to consider: The pay for personal care aides is very low, averaging just $12 per hour. An aging population Economists project an explosion in personal care and other health-related jobs in the coming years for one big reason: … [Read more...] about One of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota is in health care. Specifically, one of the lowest paid jobs in health care.
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That’s not great, but it’s probably not a huge cause for alarm. Despite a rash of anti-vaccine sentiment pumped up by debunked theories linking the MMR vaccine to autism, experts say a vaccination rate in the 90 percent to 95 percent range, is typically enough to prevent outbreaks. But that high statewide average hides much lower vaccination levels in some corners of the state. In some school districts, the vaccination rate is less than half the state average, leaving kids vulnerable to illnesses public health officials say can be deadly and should be preventable. Outbreak An outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease isn’t a theoretical fear. This year, 15 states have seen cases of measles, a highly contagious and sometimes deadly childhood disease that had been all but eradicated in the U.S. until recently. In the spring and summer of 2017, Minneapolis saw a major outbreak of measles. The disease took hold in the city’s Somali community, susceptible due to … [Read more...] about Statewide, Minnesota has a healthy measles vaccination rate. But in some school districts, the rate is much lower
If one thing united Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson in their campaigns for Minnesota governor, it was a belief in the value of jobs in skilled trades — plumbing, electrical work, carpentry and the like — and that those careers currently get a bad rap. At a September debate in Wayzata about the state’s shortage of workers — a problem expected to get rapidly worse in coming years as Baby Boomers retire — both candidates praised students who attend two-year or technical education programs. They also hoped that a cultural shift would erase a stigma they believe is attached to blue-collar careers. Walz, who was elected last week, even said if his young son Gus decided to be an electrician, it would be the “happiest day of my life” because, as Walz put it: “I know there’s employability, I know there’s a skill set, I’ll know it’s where his intelligence lies and the genius of the nobleness of trades.” … [Read more...] about Is there really a stigma against blue collar jobs in Minnesota? It’s complicated.
Months of candidates and campaigns, debates and advertisements culminated Tuesday as voters across Minnesota turned out to cast their ballots with a mix of enthusiasm, anxiety and frustration. Early on, voters realized the gravity of an election that will determine who holds key state and national offices, from the governor's office, to both U.S. Senate seats, all eight U.S. House seats, and control of the state Legislature. According to the secretary of state's office, 614,895 Minnesotans had cast early votes through Monday, slightly behind the early general election total in 2016. In a state that led the nation in voter turnout that year, another strong showing is expected. In Lino Lakes, Republican voter Mark Marion said he is feeling anxious — worried his party will not do well in Minnesota or nationally. He said he has seen the Fox News polls. "It seems like we will lose the U.S. House and the Senate is a coin flip." Marion said this year's negative campaign ads left a bad … [Read more...] about Under steady drizzle, Minnesota voters line up to have their say
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