International workers, Thursday Conversation topic



A 2012-13 economic analysis of Cook County documented tourism as 82% of our local economy. This year 40% of the seasonal jobs servicing that economy are filled by international workers.

“International Workers – Cook County’s workforce reality,” this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, aired Aug. 17. Listen to all or part of the conversation below.

A local team supported by the Blandin Foundation, University of Minnesota Extension, Cook County and the University’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs has released a study analyzing and assessing the need and impact of international workers on our local economy, and some members of that team were in the studio.