Minnesota manufacturers struggling to find skilled workers

Nearly a third of the executives overseeing Minnesota's factories say finding skilled help is among their biggest worries, according to a report in the Pioneer Press. Many manufacturers are raising wages but still can't fill jobs because of poor perceptions of the industry and dwindling interest among young people.
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Nearly a third of the executives overseeing Minnesota's factories say finding skilled help is among their biggest worries, according to a report in the Pioneer Press. Many manufacturers are raising wages but still can't fill jobs because of poor perceptions of the industry and dwindling interest among young people.

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