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By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

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STEM occupations in MN
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Greatest job growth is projected in STEM occupations

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) occupations are among the fastest-growing in Minnesota. STEM workers currently make up 17 percent of Minnesota’s workforce (460,530 jobs). Between 2010 and 2020 employment in STEM occupations is projected to grow nearly 18 percent, from 450,000 to 530,000.

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New data

Updated in November:

Six percent of all babies were born at low birth weight in 2013.

Multiple birth babies are much more likely than single birth babies to be low birth weight. About half of multiple birth babies are born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, compared to about one in twenty single birth babies.

Also updated: obesity, cost-burdoned households, children and youth, immigration, and more.


Kari Dennissen-Cunnien

Ignite Afterschool's Kari  Denissen-Cunnien outlines how people and organizations across Minnesota are working to engage young people in the crucial learning opportunities that happen outside the school day.

Nancy Hartzler

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, I dug into our Compass data and pulled out 5 trends I found interesting and hope you do too!

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