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Fall 2009

The recession has claimed about 38,000 jobs in central Minnesota. Each person has a story and a plan, but what does the path to prosperity look like? Who's hiring? Which jobs, education and skills are in demand?

With the fall issue of IQ, we joined forces with the Stearns-Benton Workforce Council to relay inspiring stories and practical advice for displaced workers and employers who are dealing with life after the recession. We've also spotlighted three emerging industries - healthcare/bioscience, technology and renewable energy - which hold the promise of future growth.



In the turbulent seas of Minnesota unemployment, about 217,000 displaced workers are paddling for only 31,000 unfilled jobs. How can they rise above the waves?

The Deepest Cuts

Since last August, more than 120,000 Minnesotans may have sensed their time was coming. Managers were tight-lipped. Rumors flew. There was uneasiness in the lunchroom.

Pointing Up

Healthcare & Bioscience | Renewable Energy | Technology & High-Tech Manufacturing


For nearly 217,000 unemployed Minnesotans, losing a job can feel more like losing a life. But adversity also bring opportunity, and career transformations.

Where to Begin (Again)

A senior systems administrator for eight years at a Minneapolis investment firm, George Corte was laid off - white collar and all.