Doherty authors skills gap chapter in The State of Manufacturing® 2013

Doherty authors skills gap chapter in The State of Manufacturing® 2013

Minneapolis, MN—April 12, 2013

Doherty Employment Group contributed a chapter on the skills gap in Minnesota to The State of Manufacturing® 2013, a book published annually on manufacturing trends in Minnesota. Doherty is a sponsor of the book, which presents the polling results and analysis of the annual The State of Manufacturing® survey, conducted on 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives by Public Opinion Strategies, as well as information gathered from 19 focus group meetings across the state.

Half of Minnesota manufacturers have no confidence in Washington
The results provide insight into the mood of Minnesota manufacturers. For example, in this year’s survey nearly half (48%) of the surveyed group indicated that they have no confidence that U.S. legislators can reach a budget agreement and take action. Healthcare costs and the budget and tax issues in Washington are of equal concern in the minds of the manufacturing executives.

Addressing the Minnesota Skills Gap
The State of Manufacturing® 2013 polling, analysis, and publishing was sponsored by Enterprise Minnesota and partners, including Doherty Employment Group. In addition to extensive reporting, cross tabulations, and analysis of the survey and focus group results, the book will feature several articles on manufacturing-related issues from sponsors.

Doherty’s contribution is, “Addressing the Minnesota Skills Gap: 9 Causes and 7 Actionable Solutions,” which looks into the causes and factors contributing to a shortage of skilled workers in metropolitan and outstate Minnesota, and offers concrete steps manufacturers can take to expand the talent pools available to their companies and help their communities take advantage of production growth and the jobs it brings.

Poll and book release event on April 18 at Minneapolis Convention Center
On Thursday, April 18, Enterprise Minnesota will release the State of Manufacturing® book and all the polling, focus group, and survey results at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Release events in 7 cities across the state are scheduled in April and May, including Albert Lea, Alexandria, Eveleth, Litchfield, North Mankato, St. Cloud and Winona. To attend, register online at

About Doherty
Doherty is one of the Midwest's largest and most experienced providers of contract and temporary staffing services. Headquartered in Minneapolis for over 35 years, Doherty offers customized workforce solutions to companies doing business in Minnesota and across the nation. Doherty is the largest Minnesota-based staffing firm, Minnesota’s 2nd largest woman-owned business, a Star Tribune Top Workplace since 2014, and the only staffing firm to receive the Minnesota Business Ethics Award.  Learn more about our temporary, temp-to-hire, direct hire, onsite staffing management, and placement services at

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