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Dayton holds jobs summit in St. Paul

Business leaders, government officials and others are brainstorming ways to put more Minnesotans to work and looking closely at businesses that are thriving during a jobs summit on Tuesday in St. Paul.
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Gov. Dayton is hosting a summit in St. Paul bringing together hundreds of people to brainstorm ideas on how to get more Minnesotans back to work.

But not everyone is having a hard time finding work these days. IT workers seem to be doing very well, both in Minnesota and across the country. The Star Tribune reports the jobless rate among some tech workers is under 2.5 percent, which has created a "dual job market" where candidates have the leverage over companies.

Nearly half of the state's manufacturers say they've got jobs but can't find anyone qualified to fill them, Fox 9 reports. If that means manufacturers can't ramp up production, officials say it could stunt the state's economic growth.

But a business professor writing in the Wall Street Journal says employers who can't find the skills shouldn't blame the job-seekers. He says businesses are expecting too much too soon these days. Giving new workers training and time to practice, he says, would solve many employers' problems.

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