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Full-Time Employment Not Always a Ticket to Health Insurance
Carsey Institute, March 2018, 6 pp.
Employment does not necessarily lead to health coverage for lower-income workers in the same way it typically does for higher income workers. This brief documents differences in health insurance coverage by workers’ income, and explores who is eligible for an employer-based plan, who enrolls in those plans, and the reasons why workers choose not to enroll.   more info >

Making Ends Meet: How Many Minnesota Jobs Pay Enough to Meet Basic Needs?
North Star Policy Institute, February 2018, 34 pp.
This report examines jobs with wages sufficient to meet basic needs in each of Minnesota's thirteen economic development regions. The "typical famliy's basic needs hourly wage" is defined by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in the 2017 Minnesota Cost of Living Study.   more info >

Older Workers: A Key to Bridging the Workforce Gap
Minnesota Board on Aging, February 2018, 60 pp.
This report presents the case that employers should recognize retirees and older workers as a talent resource. It provides specific recommendations to the Minnesota Board on Aging and Hennepin County.   more info >

Immigration and the Economy
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, December 2017, 6 pp.
This report describes labor force projections and the role of immigration in Minnesota's economy.   more info >

Minnesota Family Investment Program: Racial Equity Project: Preliminary findings for a 2014-2016 MFIP Innovation Project
Minnesota Department of Human Services, September 2017, 58 pp.
This is a preliminary study of a two-year project of culturally specific employment services to improve employment outcomes for African American and American Indian Minnesota Family Investment Program participants. Seven county and nonprofit agencies implemented six programs. Key aspects of the programs that appear to be beneficial are hiring and retention of culturally specific or culturally competent staff, culturally specific programming and training activities, intensive and compassionate case management, family-focused services, and participant incentives and supports.   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 >

Itasca Project: Our Regional Competitiveness Depends on Broadening Opportunities for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Wilder Research, March 2017, 4 pp.
Discusses how the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region can benefit by building a more diverse workforce and presents a dashboard of Minneapolis-Saint Paul workforce indicators.   more info >

Immigrants and Minnesota's Workforce
University of Minnesota, Office of University Economic Development, January 2017, 22 pp.
The purpose of this report is to describe a range of important factors in understanding the demographic changes underway in Minnesota, with particular attention to evolving trends related to immigrants and refugees, and what role these changes will have on the state.   more info >

Greater Minnesota: Refined and Revisited
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2017, 68 pp.
This report details demographic and economic characteristics of Minnesota's residents using a four-tiered definition of an area--urban, large town, small town, and rural--based on both population size and proximity to other communities.   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 >

Getting Prepared 2016
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities; University of Minnesota, October 2016, 45 pp.
Reports data on recent public high school graduates who take developmental (or remedial) courses in Minnesota's two public university systems, as one measure of the state’s performance in preparing K-12 students for college.   more info >

Linking the Unemployed to Jobs: Integrated Planning and Workforce Development
Center for Transportation Studies, September 2016, 3 pp.
This study examines spatial and skill mismatches in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and examines the potential of a new approach: integrated transit planning and workforce development. Spatial mismatch is a serious problem in the Twin Cities region, and the biggest concentrations of unemployed workers lack frequent transit service to some of the richest concentrations of job vacancies, particularly jobs in the south and southwest metro.   more info >

Educating for the Future: Baseline Estimates of Minnesota’s Educational Attainment
Minnesota Office of Higher Education, May 2016, 41 pp.
The 2015 Minnesota Legislature enacted legislation setting a target that 70 percent of Minnesota adults age 25 to 44 will have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025. Before that data could be measured, Minnesota needed to determine the current percentage of the age 25 to 44 population with a certificate or higher, by race and ethnicity. This report establishes methods to estimate current data to understand the gaps faced.   more info >

The Economic Competitiveness of the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, March 2015, 14 pp.
Report describing job gains and growth in the Twin Cities metro area between 2000 and 2014. Employment data is represented by geographic location and industry cluster.   more info >

Web sites

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

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