Nearly 7,000 jobs were added in Minnesota last month, but despite the additions the state’s jobless rate climbed to 4.1 percent, up from 4.0 percent in November 2005. The industries that reported the largest gains include: transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services. Industries reporting the greatest loses were construction, manufacturing, and natural resources and mining.
HIRED’s newest program, Metalforming Level 1, a training course offered in conjunction with Hennepin Technical College, has been successful since it first began in the spring of 2005. As a result, HIRED submitted a proposal to the Precision Metalforming Association for additional funding to expand current offerings to include Occupational English for Metalforming. The course, which was recently received funding, will be offered to English language learners who are taking Metalforming Level 1. The new class will focus on language skills and vocabulary specific to the industry as well as developing an understanding of the American workplace culture.
The Metalforming Level 1 training course offered through HIRED’s partnership with Hennepin Technical College is posting remarkable statistics, and interest in the program designed to train clients for entry level manufacturing positions is growing. Classes began last spring, and the program has already graduated more than 35 adults, nearly 30 of whom have been placed in jobs earning an average of $13.35/hour. Already, the winter session slated to begin sometime this month has more than 25 participants registered. For more information, contact Nancy James at 952-346-4318.