Since state hiring goals were established in Minnesota in 1992, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has never met its goal. That didn’t change in 2012.
However, with the help of HIRE Minnesota, the agency is making progress every year. A snapshot of state hiring in 2012 shows that 9.1 percent of construction hours were performed by people of color. That’s an increase of 189 percent since we started advocating for better hiring outcomes back in 2009!
There is still plenty of work to do. Beginning in 2012, the state hiring goal increased from 11 percent in the Twin Cities region to 32 percent in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and 22 percent in the remainder of the metro area. We’ll be there every step of the way, ensuring that hiring equity is a top priority for MnDOT, the contractors and the unions.