October 2021 was Manufacturing Month in Minnesota

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Governor Walz proclaimed October 2021 Manufacturing Month in Minnesota because of the importance of this critical industry and the need to highlight the many career opportunities in this in-demand field. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and manufacturing industry associations are hosting virtual and in-person events to mark the month. We encourage cities, counties, local and regional Chambers of Commerce, companies and others to mark this month with tours and other special events, proclamations, newsletter articles, blogs, social posts and in other ways. Check out Manufacturing Month videos from Governor Walz and DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. See Manufacturing Month resources below - even though Manufacturing Month 2021 is over these remain really useful resources!

    Resources for people considering a career in manufacturing

    Resources for manufacturing employers

    Resources for community leaders

    More about Manufacturing in Minnesota

    The manufacturing sector is made up of businesses engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. People working in manufacturing often work in locations described as plants, factories, or mills and often use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment. Manufacturing leverages many cutting edge technologies including robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing. 

    • Manufacturing accounts for 11.4% of statewide employment. 
    • 86,500 job openings are expected by 2028 as older workers retire.
    • Average annual wages for workers in manufacturing are $70,860, 10% higher than across all industries in Minnesota.  

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