More measures

Looking for more data? We've identified these links to useful data sets and data-rich sites.

Data sets

Earnings flow across state and county boundaries
The Bureau of Economic Analysis provides gross commuters' flow of wages earned at a place of work in one geographic area to the workers' residences in other areas. For data on the positive or negative flow of earnings into or out of each county in Minnesota by commuters, select "30 Residence adjustment" and "Minnesota" in Step 2.

Effective tax rates
In its annual Tax Incidence Study, the Minnesota Department of Revenue compiles data on the effective share of taxes paid by each income decile of Minnesota's households.

Employment and labor force trends
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) provides employment and labor force data from the local area unemployment statistics (LAUS) for the state, counties, large cities and various regions, by month.

Employment projections
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Employment Outlook tool shows which industries and occupations are expected to grow and which are expected to shrink over the next decade by region, state and the nation.

Income distribution
The Minnesota State Demographic Center reports on trends in Minnesota's income distribution from 1980 to the present.

Industry establishments, employment and wage trends
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) aggregates unemployment insurance filings into the "Quarterly Current Employment and Wages" (QCEW) data series each quarter with information on establishments, employment and wages by industry.

Industry sales, payroll, establishments and employment
U.S. Census Economic Census provides sales and employment data by industry.

Job vacancies
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Job Vacancy Survey identifies the number, location, occupation, industry, wage and other characteristics of open-for-hire job vacancies.

Labor force projections
Minnesota State Demographic Center provides quick access to labor force projections 2000-2035 by county, region, and for the state overall.

Occupations in demand
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) compiles a list of occupations that are most in demand by region and for the state overall.

Price of government
Minnesota Management and Budget, a state agency, provides regular reports on the price of state and local government for Minnesota residents.

Purchasing power profile
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute provides purchasing power data for common consumer items by zip code for 100 metropolitan areas, including the Minneapolis-St. Paul 11-county area. Uses Decennial Census and consumer expenditure survey data to construct estimates.

Data-rich sites

The Brookings Institution (MetroMonitor)
A quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America’s 100 largest metropolitan economies produced by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.

Cluster Mapping
This website is a national initiative that provides open data on regional clusters and economies to support U.S. business, innovation and policy. Includes interactive, robust data and tools.

Creative Minnesota
Through reporting every two years, this effort seeks to fill the gaps in available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. It includes a list of other arts and culture research.

The Corporation for Economic Development
The Development Report Card for the States provides several measures to provide a relative, state-by-state assessment of economic development.

DataFinder Cafe (Metro GIS)
An interactive tool for viewing and downloading GIS data sets. It allows you to download data sets by custom geographic extents or selections. The Cafe also allows you to browse GIS land use and attribute mapping data sets. Knowledge of GIS is required.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (RECON)
Drill down site with data on real estate, industry, employment markets, and other data on economic conditions. Site provides graphs and tables of selected data resources.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Regular reports on the state of the economy, currently including the Recession in Perspective.

The Metropolitan Council
Data and reports on employment, construction, population, and transportation, as well as land use and information related to Fiscal Disparities, a tax base sharing program unique to the Twin Cities metro.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Data Center
Useful links to a range of data and reports about Minnesota's economy and workforce, including employment, export and trade statistics, and DEED's interactive Compare Minnesota tool, which allows comparisons on a wide range of social and economic data at the state and metropolitan levels and the M3D interactive web mapping tool.

Policom Corporation
Nineteen years of U.S. Department of Commerce data compiled to rank metropolitan areas by their economic strength.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Accounts
Extensive state, metropolitan, and county economic data on income, output, employment, earnings establishments, and personal income, including governmental transfer payment..

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Extensive data on metropolitan, county, and city labor markets, living costs, consumer spending, productivity, occupations, industries, and prices. Economic news releases summarize national-level changes.

U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Programs
Economic data series and surveys with subnational data from the Census Bureau, including Economic Census, county business patterns, building permits, Census of governments, and international trade.

U.S. Census Bureau, Local Employment Dynamics
Data and tools to analyze a range of local labor market conditions including job growth and quality, industry focus, and the geographical distribution of workers and jobs.

U.S. Census Bureau, Income statistics
Links to various data sources within the Census Bureau's various survey programs, relating to personal income and employment, including the Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

calculate cost of living

Cost of living
Use this calculator developed by Jobs Now Coalition to figure the wage each worker must earn in order to have enough income to cover the family's basic needs budget. Click on "About the Wage and Budget Calculator" for instructions.

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