Twin Cities Makes Lists For Job Seekers, Worker Satisfaction

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro ranked second on Forbes’ list for summer job seekers but didn't fare as well on Fast Company’s ranking of “employee satisfaction.”
Twin Cities Makes Lists For Job Seekers, Worker Satisfaction

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area recently earned high marks on a list for job hunters but fell in the middle of the pack on a list that measured employee satisfaction.

The Twin Cities placed second on Forbes’ latest list of “The Best and Worst Places for Jobs this Summer,” tying with Charleston, South Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; Dallas; and Rochester, New York. The list is based on surveys of area employers designed to gauge whether they plan to increase or decrease employment. Each city was assigned a “net employment outlook” score, based on calculations by employment services firm ManpowerGroup. The Twin Cities earned a score of 26 this year, up significantly from last year’s 13. Grand Rapids, Michigan placed first this year with an outlook score of 28, well above the national average of 14.

Manpower branch manager Jacquelyn Carpenter credited established local companies increasing their employment numbers for the Twin Cities’ high ranking. See the full list at Forbes here.

In a separate list, Fast Company ranked the Twin Cities 20th among the 50 largest U.S. metros based on employee satisfaction—the same spot the metro area held in 2013. The “Employment Satisfaction Report Card” is based on a survey conducted by Glassdoor, a website that includes a database of company reviews. The survey asked local employees in each region about their satisfaction at work, the number of companies hiring, overall business outlook, career opportunities, compensation and benefits, and other employee feedback to determine rankings.

San Jose, California placed first on the list with San Francisco; Washington D.C.; Norfolk, Virginia; and Salt Lake City rounding out the top five. Find the full list here.

In yet another recent list, Rent.com ranked Minneapolis seventh on its list of “Top 10 Cities for Singles” based on factors such as safety, nightlife, and dining options. See that full list and methodology here.