Past Free Webcast – Using Labor Market Information to Inform Workforce Strategy – February 28th, 2023

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

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Handout MGS Feb 28 webinar

The post-COVID labor market, with job vacancies at a historic high, offers much needed respite and opportunity for upward economic mobility to the lowest paid workers, the same workers who suffered the most from the COVID-19 recession.  At the same time, employers are facing workforce shortages crippling their ability to remain competitive in the market.  Drawing on recently published research conclusions and, incorporating feedback from an ongoing series of presentations around the State, the presentation updates all the parameters of a pressing topic.

Tim O’Neill, State of MN Employment and Employee Development (DEED) Labor Market Analyst will discuss highlights of recent research, focusing on job vacancy characteristics, employer-employee job-matching challenges, metro area hiring demand, and the effect of age and gender on hiring/employability.  The Labor Market Information office produces employment and economic statistics in cooperation with the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand critical short- and long-term impacts to Minnesota’s labor markets and their current impact on the state’s labor force, industry trends, and occupational demand.
  • Review and discuss updated hiring opportunities, revamped or developing career pathways and other tangible activities to optimize resources available, based on labor market forecasting.
  • Learn about online resources and experts through DEED that can assist with informing workforce strategies.

Tim O’Neill, Regional Labor Analyst, DEED

Tim O’Neill is a Regional Analyst for MN Department of Employment and Economic Development in the seven-county Twin Cities region of Minnesota. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from St. Olaf College in Northfield and a master’s degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Tim has been with MN DEED since 2013.