DEED lays off 20 throughout state
After years of helping businesses find workers to fill positions, 20 state employees are now looking for new jobs.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is laying off its 20 business services representatives based throughout the state. The representatives assisted businesses with workforce needs, recruiting, job fairs and connecting with other businesses.
One such representative was based in Workforce’s Rochester office at Rochester Community and Technical College.
DEED Communications Director Shane Delaney explained that the layoff stemmed solely from financial reasons. Federal funding for that aspect of the department has dwindled to the point it is expected to have a deficit of $400,000 by the end of the fiscal year.
“We have to resolve that,” Delaney. saud
While DEED is eliminating those jobs, it is creating seven new positions — regional workforce strategy consultants — to help cover the services. Two will be based in the Twin Cites and five will based in the Workforce Development regions in throughout Minnesota.
“They will serve at a higher level and offer more strategic services. If businesses have existing relationships with the representatives, these new regional strategists will take over those duties,” he said. “We don’t want to leave businesses without any sort of assistance.”
The hope is to have those new seven positions filled by the start of May.