The number of Mayo Clinic employees has swung dramatically up and down since the passage of the Destination Medical Center legislation.
On Thursday, Mayo Clinic leaders touted Rochester job growth to the Destination Medical Center Corp. board, saying the clinic has added 3,370 new positions in the last 12 months. However, that growth didn't quite carry the clinic's Rochester employee numbers out of the low point they were in last year.
"We are growing," said Jeff Bolton, Mayo Clinic's chief administrative officer and chairman of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency Board. "Mayo is all in and committed."
Bolton said Mayo Clinic had 34,175 employees in Rochester at the end of July. That is an increase of 3,370 jobs from the low point of 30,805 Rochester employees in August 2015.
While Mayo Clinic is adding local jobs, its employment numbers still are well below the 34,562 employees the Rochester clinic recorded at the end of 2015.
The figures show that 3,390 jobs were lost in 2015 between January to July. Then the numbers rose 3,757 by the end of December.
"It’s difficult to point out any trends in a 12-month cycle," Mayo Clinic spokesman Karl Oestreich said via email. "Mayo Clinic usually experiences about an average 2 percent annual growth. This rate varies each year — some years (like last year) more and other years less. Last year’s growth is ahead of that clip."
During his report to the board, Bolton said the increase in the past 12 months is because of patient demand being "extremely strong." He cited that new jobs are "a broad range of positions."
When asked what the average salaries are for the new jobs and what type of jobs they are, Mayo Clinic did not have that information available.
"We haven't done that analysis as to what job codes comprised most of the new/incremental positions. Good question, but unfortunately we don’t have a quick answer," Oestreich said.
The DMCC board was impressed by Mayo Clinic's Rochester employment increases.
"We're asked all the time about what is going on in Rochester. We may not be doing too much on the brick and mortar, but you're on track," said board member and former Wells Fargo Minnesota CEO Jim Campbell. "You got about 10 percent in a year, which is pretty incredible job growth in the state. You have to be almost at the top."
After the meeting, State Sen. Dave Senjem proudly shared the employment numbers on his Facebook page.
"Quietly done without boasting or fanfare. Pretty amazing, more to come," he wrote.
At the end of his report, Bolton emphasized that Mayo Clinic is growing in Rochester as part of the DMC pact with the state.
"We're extremely bullish," he said. "We're really enjoying the opportunity to partner with the EDA, the city, the county and state in realizing the vision of DMC."
Mayo Clinic employees
• 34,175 - July 2016
• 34,562 - December 2015
• 30,805 - August 2015
• 34,200 - December 2014
• 33,197 - December 2013
• 34,223 - December 2012
• 33,156 - December 2011
• 31,998 - December 2010
• 31,966 - December 2009