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Reports: Economic profiles and data

North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2017, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors.   more info >

MSP Regional Indicator Dashboard
Greater MSP, May 2017, 2 pp.
Metrics measuring the MSP region on economic, environmental, and social outcomes.   more info >

Local Area Personal Income: 2015
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, November 2016, 23 pp.
National profile of personal income by county.   more info >

Itasca County Workforce Streams Study
Wilder Research, November 2016, 85 pp.
Itasca County leaders were interested in a deeper understanding of the complex issues affecting the workforce and employment in the county, where unemployment has hovered above the state average. This report is a compilation of data and interviews with Itasca County professionals and residents facing employment challenges.   more info >

What is the Gender Pay Gap and is it Real?
Economic Policy Institute, October 2016
This report examines the evidence surrounding the gender pay gap. It explains the different ways the gap is measured and then provides an analysis based on national and regional surveys of wages, educational attainment, and occupational employment.   more info >

The State of Working Minnesota 2016
Minnesota Budget Project, September 2016, 7 pp.
A review of recent economic information reveals that too many working Minnesotans still lack the quality jobs that would allow them to support themselves and their families. This study finds that: wages for low-wage workers are lower now than in 2000, when adjusted for inflation; many Minnesota workers earn less than what it takes to support a family of three; and people of color are more likely than other Minnesotans to be underemployed or unemployed.   more info >

Overall Declines in Child Poverty Mask Relatively Stable Rates Across States
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, August 2016, 4 pp.
This research brief describes a decrease in child poverty rates between 2014 and 2015, based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS).   more info >

Rural Pulse 2016
Blandin Foundation, May 2016, 91 pp.
Results of a survey of rural Minnesotans, done every three years. It presents demographic information including data on employment, family income, and length of residence. Respondents were asked questions about community leadership, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, life-long learning, infrastructure and services, recreational and artistic opportunity, safety and security, and inclusion. Respondents were asked to select the most critical issue to their community.   more info >

Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience.   more info >

The Economic Status of Minnesotans: A Chartbook with Data for 17 Cultural Groups
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2016, 61 pp.
This chartbook provides a statistical portrait of the economic status of Minnesotans—including much data that has never been seen before—for the 17 largest cultural groups in Minnesota. These data result from responses by Minnesotans to the U.S. Census Bureau’s ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), the largest federal survey that produces insights into economic, social, housing, and demographic characteristics.   more info >

2014 Data Indicate That Four in Ten Children Live in Low-Income Families
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, December 2015, 8 pp.
This brief uses American Community Survey data to explore child poverty rates across the United States by region, state, and place type (rural, suburban, and city). It includes information on children who are deeply poor (in families with incomes below half of the poverty line) as well as on low-income children.   more info >

Concentrations of Poverty: Growing and Suburbanizing in the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, December 2015, 7 pp.
This Metro Stats report presents an analyses of U.S. Census data and Council datasets regarding changes in poverty levels in the Twin Cities region from 2000 to 2014.   more info >

Community Needs Assessment for Ramsey and Washington Counties
Wilder Research, October 2015, 37 pp.
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties focuses on bringing together resources to reduce poverty. A community needs assessment was conducted in 2012 and 2015 with low-income residents. The survey asked about employment, housing, education, health, and other family needs and included questions about Community Action services. The reports also present poverty data for Ramsey and Washington counties.   more info >

Women As Economic Providers: Dual-Earner Families Thrive As Women's Earnings Rise
Carsey School of Public Policy, June 2015, 10 pp.
This report examines married and single women's contributions to family income based on an analysis of Current Population Survey data from 2000 to 2013.   more info >

Young Adults in Minnesota: A Demographic and Economic Profile: Minnesota's 18- to 34-Year-Olds Are Highly Diverse, Pursuing More Education, and Slow to Marry
Minnesota State Demographic Center, June 2015, 11 pp.
This brief describes demographic, economic, and household characteristics of young adults in Minnesota, and explores some of the ways that today's young adults differ from other adult age cohorts in terms of racial and ethnic composition, household structure, and education.   more info >

Areas of Concentrated Poverty in the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, June 2015, 8 pp.
This report identifies geographic areas of concentrated poverty in the Twin Cities region, including information about demographics and changes over time.   more info >

The Economic Potential of African Immigrants in Minnesota
Concordia University Saint Paul, May 2015, 45 pp.
Focusing on communities along transit corridors in the Twin Cities metro area, this report provides estimates of consumer spending, business activities, and civic contributions of African immigrants. The report helps to address gaps in census and other survey data.   more info >

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 2015, 108 pp.
Report on the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which includes modules on topics such as credit access and behaviors, savings, retirement, economic fragility, and education and student loans.   more info >

Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Tax Contributions
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, April 2015, 22 pp.
This report provides state-by-state and national estimates on current state and local tax contributions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States as of 2012, the increase in contributions if all were granted lawful permanent residence, and the increase in contributions of those directly affected by executive actions in 2012 and 2014.   more info >

Steady Growth and Big Changes Ahead: The Regional Forecast to 2040
Metropolitan Council, April 2015, 6 pp.
This brief highlights the economic and demographic forecast for the Twin Cities region, noting that by 2040, the region will experience more racially and ethnically diverse population growth, changing housing needs and preferences of older adults, and an increase in economic activity.   more info >

North Dakota Children Benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit
North Dakota Kids Count, March 2015, 2 pp.
Details the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit in North Dakota by county.   more info >

The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector
Minnesota Citizents for the Arts, February 2015, 32 pp.
Comprehensive report of the non-profit creative sector, aimed at improving understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy.   more info >

Economic Composition of Greater Minnesota: Industries and Performance
Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota Extension, January 2015
Twelve reports examining Greater Minnesota's economy by describing its industry outputs, employment and wages, and opportunities to sell product to local industries through local products.   more info >

Minnesota Nonprofit Economy Report
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, October 2014, 28 pp.
Annual report providing employment and and financial data for nonprofit organizations statewide and in six Minnesota regions.   more info >

Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S.
National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, October 2014, 5 pp.
This research brief provides a national portrait of low-income Hispanic families in the U.S. using nationally-representative data to describe the relationship and childbearing histories of low-income Hispanic men and women aged 15 to 44. A distinction is made by nativity--i.e. born in the U.S. versus outside of the U.S.   more info >

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013
United States Census Bureau, September 2014
This report presents data on income and poverty coverage in the United States based on information collected in the 2014 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.   more info >

Children in Poverty: Indicators on Children and Youth
Child Trends Data Bank, September 2014, 17 pp.
Describes trends in child poverty with particular emphasis on differences by age, race and Hispanic origin, and family structure.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota: Research Overview
Women's Foundation of Minnesota and Center on Women & Public Policy, June 2014, 20 pp.
Biennial report that provides health, safety, economic and leadership data on women and girls in Minnesota.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Characteristics of People and Cases on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Annual Reports
Minnesota Department of Human Services, April 2014, 27 pp.
Annual report that provides a snapshot of the household, demographic, and economic characteristics of Minnesota households receiving food support.   more info >

Social Security Quick Fact Sheets
AARP, February 2014, 2 pp.
National and individual state data on the number of residents receiving Social Security and its impacts on individuals and the economy.   more info >

Basic Facts About Low-Income Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, February 2014, 8 pp.
This annual report presents statistics on the number and characteristics of children living in low-income families in the United States. Reports are broken down into age ranges.   more info >

Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 2014, 8 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty over the last 50 years, including among the elderly and children.   more info >

Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective
National Center for Health Statistics, January 2014, 8 pp.
Explores selected family demographic characteristics and their association with financial burdens of medical care.   more info >

America's Children in Poverty: A New Look at Who's Poor Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, December 2013, 23 pp.
Examines child poverty using two poverty measures and explores how the different measures enhance understanding of child poverty.   more info >

The Twin Cities in 2012: An Uneven Recovery
Metropolitan Council, September 2013, 6 pp.
An economic profile of the Twin Cities based on data from the Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey.   more info >

Rural Pulse 2013
Blandin Foundation, May 2013, 6 pp.
Research study designed to give a snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. For the first time, the survey included the perspectives of urban residents as well as specific racial and cultural perspectives.   more info >

The State of Manufacturing
Enterprise Minnesota, Inc., April 2013, 15 pp.
Annual survey of Minnesota manufacturing executives that asks about their economic outlook and top issues.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse November 2012
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, November 2012, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, underwater mortgages, and community basic needs.   more info >

Pulling apart: State-by-state analysis of income trends
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Economic Policy Institute, November 2012, 70 pp.
This state-by-state look at income finds that inequality has grown in most parts of the country since the late 1970s.   more info >

oneMinneapolis
Wilder Research, November 2012, 64 pp.
A look at disparities in education, economic vitality, and social capital indicators for the city of Minneapolis, commissioned by The Minneapolis Foundation.   more info >

Demographic and education profile of Kandiyohi County
Wilder Research, October 2012, 22 pp.
A profile of Kandiyohi County demographics and education, including a look at older adults, populations of color, income, student characteristics, and academic achievement.   more info >

Over Sixteen Million Children in Poverty in 2011
The Carsey Institute, September 2012, 8 pp.
Child poverty data from the American Community Survey. Data are presented for the United States, regions, and states.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse August 2012
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, August 2012, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs.   more info >

Arts and Economic Prosperity IV: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry
Americans for the Arts, June 2012, 378 pp.
This report is a study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. It gives a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences. This, the fourth annual report, uses finding from 182 regions across the United States, including the city of Rochester, MN.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse April 2012
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, April 2012, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs.   more info >

What Lies Ahead: Population, Household and Employment Forecasts to 2040
Metropolitan Council, April 2012, 5 pp.
The Metropolitan Council forecasts population, households and employment for the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul region with a 30-year time horizon. This forecast anticipates increasing demographic diversity and continued growth by 2040.   more info >

State of the Asian Pacific Minnesotans: 2010 Census and 2008-2010 American Community Survey Report
Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, April 2012, 36 pp.
Demographic data on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Includes data on state and county numbers by ethnic group, homeownership, educational attainment, unemployment, income and poverty, and health insurance.   more info >

No Relief in 2012 from High Unemployment for African Americans and Latinos
Economic Policy Institute, February 2012, 8 pp.
This issue brief reviews the unemployment rates by state for whites, Latinos, and African Americans for the third quarter of 2011 and the projected rates for the fourth quarter of 2012.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse December 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, December 2011, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, homelessness, and community basic needs.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse June 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, June 2011, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Common Cents Public Participation Findings
Citizens League, March 2011, 19 pp.
Provides a summary of community conversations held around the state to share information about Minnesota's budgetary challenges and to ask citizens: What values and priorities should guide solutions to state budget challenges for the long-term?   more info >

The long run has become the short run: Budget implications of demographic change
Minnesota State Demographic Center, February 2011, 26 pp.
Examines the effect of an aging population on the state budget between 2011 and 2020.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse February 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, February 2011, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse November 2010
Greater Twin CIties United Way and Twin Cities Compass, November 2010, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region, including data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse August 2010
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, August 2010, 4 pp.
Provides information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on the unemployment rate, layoffs, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

Nonprofit Current Conditions Report
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, July 2010, 6 pp.
A survey of Minnesota nonprofit managers, focusing on how the economy affected their operations and programs. The survey was conducted four times between 2008 and 2010.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse April 2010
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, April 2010, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

2009 Metro Residents Survey
Metropolitan Council, February 2010, 47 pp.
Results of a survey of Twin Cities residents which asks them to rank the region's top public concerns and quality of life.   more info >

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010, 20 pp.
Presents social and economic data from the American Community Survey.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse December 2009
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, December 2009, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, and community basic needs, and briefly examines the outlook and implications.   more info >

A Woman's Nation Changes Everything
Center for American Progress, October 2009, 454 pp.
Discusses how a workforce comprised of half women changes many aspects of the nation.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse September 2009
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, September 2009, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, community basic needs, and organizational challenges.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse July 2009
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, July 2009, 4 pp.
Provides recent information on economic trends impacting the Twin Cities region. This issue includes data on unemployment rates, housing, basic needs and nonprofit challenges.   more info >

Introducing New Measures of the Metropolitan Economy Prototype GDP-by-Metropolitan-Area Estimates for 2001
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, November 2007, 36 pp.
GDP measures of Gross Domestic Product by metropolitan area, including the fastest growing areas and analysis by service industry. Includes data on Minneapolis/St. Paul.   more info >

Income Distribution Trends in Minnesota
MInnesota State Demographic Center, May 2007, 19 pp.
This report employs several widely-used measures to show trends in economic inequality in the United States and Minnesota.  In doing so, it establishes benchmarks for tracking future changes in poverty, income and income distribution.   more info >

Growing older in America: The Health & Retirement Study
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2007, 108 pp.
A national sample of adults over 50 were interviewed to gather information about their physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning.   more info >

Halftime Highlights: Minnesota at Mid-Decade
Minnesota State Demographic Center, November 2006, 30 pp.
Examines population and economic trends in Minnesota for the first five years of the 2000s.   more info >

The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota's Economy
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, November 2006, 31 pp.
Detailed regional studies documenting the annual economic impact of Minnesota's nonprofit arts and culture industry, demonstrating that the arts are a powerful economic development tool.   more info >

A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families
Center for Housing Policy, October 2006, 32 pp.
This study presents the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of households, with a focus on working families at the neighborhood level in 28 metropolitan areas.   more info >

2006 Carver County Quality of Life Indicators Report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety.   more info >

Immigration in Minnesota: Discovering Common Ground
The Minneapolis Foundation, October 2004, 10 pp.
Presents background information on Minnesota's immigrant groups: some statistics, why they came to Minnesota, their contributions and economic impact, and challenges they face.   more info >

Grow faster together. Or grow slowly apart. How will America work in the 21st century?
Aspen Institute, November 2001, 48 pp.
Looks at the future of the U.S. economy, including the labor supply, work skills and an educated workforce, and wage gaps. Discusses potential solutions for making work pay, building a more skilled workforce, restoring work security while enhancing workforce flexibility, providing a more supportive workplace for working families, and rethinking the immigration policy. Also looks at economic changes that have occurred over the past 30 years.   more info >

Web sites

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development : Workforce Facts
Labor market data, information, and publications.   more info >

JOBS NOW Coalition
Cost of living in Minnesota - wage and budget calculator, Minnesota employment and wage information.   more info >

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more.   more info >

diversitydatakids.org
Presents measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis for states, counties, large cities, and metropolitan areas.   more info >

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