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St. Paul, MN
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It's all there, Myron. Provided a link for you to click.

Minnesota is one of 5 states with unemployment rate lower than prerecession, and it's also #11 in the country for underemployed people. Maybe you don't understand the term:

"Underemployment refers to an employment situation that is insufficient in some important way for the worker, relative to a standard.[1] Examples include holding a part-time job despite desiring full-time work, and overqualification, where the...

Hold on, Theo. U6 is a compilation of several factors, including underemployment, but the BLS chart doesn't say what percentage of total each component contributes.

If a state has a high number of college grads working at jobs that don't require college, like say, Minnesota, your going to see low unemployment numbers but high underemployment. Other states having higher unemployment overall with a slightly lower college grad population are going to score lower.

The statistic I...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 09:07 am in response to Jeff Johnson complicates a cup of coffee

It's just wonderful how warmly Brodkorb has been embraced by the left.

I think it was always meant to be.

If you're comparing those with just a high school education against those with a traditional college degree you're making an argument no one is challenging.

However you have omitted an area where there is still great opportunity for those who, for whatever reason, do not go to "college".

There is a huge call for trade and technical school trained men and women in this country. In fact, within the industrial automation and control industry, of which I'm a part, there are...

Connie, I'm addressing the topic as it was presented, ie: "college degree". In the absence of something concrete, I must observe you're making as much an assumption as I am.

I'm curious though, can you give us an example of the type of skilled labor employers used to accept people off the street to train them for?

Your point is well taken, Jonathan.

I agree that the theory taught in engineering schools today is well suited to detailed electronic design, and I'm certainly not questioning the quality of the grads I see today. But the fact is that for every EE designing PLC hardware (or software, for that matter) there are 100 or more out implementing it.

Neither is more important than the other, it's a matter of capacity.

And that's the crux of my argument. I've interviewed lots of...

Thanks Jody, but unions are not employers. Besides, society itself foots the bill for their "services"...not a good example.

Interesting that Dayton's response to Minnesota's shameful failure to deliver educational success to minority kids is to whine about budget cuts. Because as we all know, it's impossible to say just how much is enough to see an improvement, just "more"

Posted on 10/11/14 at 03:43 pm in response to McFadden paying to re-broadcast first senatorial debate in Twin Cities

57% of Americans do not approve of Obama's performance.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallup-daily-obama-job-approval.aspx

"Nearly half in U.S. say ACA will make healthcare worse in long run"
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Posted on 10/10/14 at 09:06 am in response to Texas prosecutors want Adrian Peterson re-arrested

Walker has a very comfortable lead, a good message and the gratitude of the majority of thoughtful Wisconsin citizens. This ruling will necessitate the election be subjected to a careful scrutiny, but despite being a Democrat, Wisconsin's SOS didn't win his seat with the help of George Soros. I don't think the Governor is going to lose any sleep.