A new video recaps a study that analyzed the mismatch between job vacancies and the unemployed in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
According to the study, the mismatch between unemployed workers and job vacancies is a serious problem in the region and it appears to have worsened since the turn of the millennium. The biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack fast or frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly vacancies in the south and southwest metro. At the same time, these job seekers may be able to reach many nearby jobs in the metro core but lack the needed qualifications for them.
The researchers recommend a new approach that integrates transit planning, job training, and workforce development.
The study was conducted by researchers in the U of M’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Hennepin County, Minnesota; the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation; and the McKnight Foundation.
More information about the project, including the final research report and a two-page research brief, is available on the CTS website.