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Minnesota leaders debate how to tackle state's historic workforce shortage

Both parties agree the state should take immediate steps to address shortages in health care and law enforcement


February 7, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune file

An RN instructor worked with students in Anoka-Ramsey Community College's certified nursing assistant program. Both parties want to quickly alleviate health care worker shortages this session.

Minnesota's economy is rebounding from COVID-19, but its recovery is still missing a key ingredient: workers.

The most recent data show more than 205,000 job vacancies across Minnesota, a record high over the past two decades and a problem that's touching every sector. Worker shortages are particularly acute in health care, food service and other industries hit hardest by the pandemic.

"It's really universal. There's not a business that I talk to in the state that is not facing a workforce challenge," said Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove. "COVID was a big accelerant of a lot of these trend lines. Now the problem we face is: How do we turn this around?"


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