Spots available on Governor’s Workforce Development Board

The Minnesota Secretary of State announced Monday that several seats are now available on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. The Board works to “forge practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leaderships on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state,” and includes several state and local leaders. See more information at

Eleven seats on the Board are available: one representative each from Minnesota public libraries, business and industry, career and technical education, and school-based service learning; three representatives from a community-based organization; and four representatives of organized labor. The “Open Vacancies” notice and information on how to apply is available here.

As the labor market continues to tighten, it has because increasingly challenging for Greater Minnesota employers to find trained employees. The GMNP designed, advocated for, and helped pass a new initiative to quickly fill these vacancies, though more funding is needed. While the job vacancy rate has often been higher than the metro area, since 2008, Greater Minnesota’s job vacancy rate has increased 119 percent, while the metro area has increased 68 percent. Moreover, this striking disparity has accelerated recently,  increasing 53 percent since 2013 compared to 18.5 percent in the metro.