Reports: Employment

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 >

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 >

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report.   more info >

Kids Count Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being
Annie E. Casey Foundation, June 2017, 68 pp.
This annual report provides data on 10 indicators of child well-being, by state and for the U.S. States are ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years.   more info >

North Dakota Workforce Review
Labor Market Information Center, Job Service North Dakota, June 2017, 120 pp.
This publication examines broad population trends, labor force statistics, occupational group changes, and industry changes for either 10-year or 20-year (or both) time periods. In addition to general measures of North Dakota's economy, this publication presents individual industry breakouts to examine figures for employment, wages, establishments, and demographic changes in slightly more detail. Similar information is presented in breakouts by region to provide a useful perspective of statewide trends and their roots in various parts of the state.   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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership
American Association of University Women, March 2016
This report examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests things that can be done to close the gap.   more info >

An Aging World: 2015
U.S. Census Bureau, March 2016, 175 pp.
Examines the challenges and global implications presented by the world's population aging at an unprecedented rate. This report looks at past, current, and projected numbers, proportions, and growth rates of older populations and summarizes socioeconomic statistics for both developed and developing nations.   more info >

What Comes First, People or Jobs: Evidence and Lessons for Indiana
Center for Business and Economic Research, Ball State University, January 2016, 7 pp.
This study examines population and employment growth in Indiana’s 92 counties in the decades of the 1970s and the 2000s to determine whether job attraction or people attraction is a larger factor in county population growth.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

Youth Employment in North Dakota
Kids Count North Dakota, December 2015, 2 pp.
Data on youth employment by North Dakota county.   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 >

Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013
United States Census Bureau, August 2015, 28 pp.
This report focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013 using data from the American Community Survey. It highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of communities in which workers live.   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 >

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 >

The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America's Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow
The Brookings Institution, March 2015
This Brookings Essay highlights the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region in a discussion of how metropolitan areas are preparing a more diverse workforce and how those efforts could potentially give the U.S. a competitive advantage in the 21st century economy. The essay discusses the efforts of organizations that are working to close education and employment gaps in the Twin Cities region.   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 >

Minnesota on the Move: Migration Patterns & Implications
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2015, 22 pp.
This report focuses on the role that migration will play in population change in Minnesota. It discusses potential implications and suggests opportunities to retain and attract people, focusing on building our labor force and a strong economic future.   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 >

The Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations
Brookings Institute, August 2014
Data on foreign students in the United States and their impact on the local economy.   more info >

Families Continue to Rely on Wives As Breadwinners Post-Recession
Carsey School of Public Policy, July 2014, 11 pp.
This brief presents an analysis of the increased role employed wives played in family economic stability prior to, during, and after the Great Recession, focusing on changes in the contribution of employed wives’ earnings to family earnings by state, region, metropolitan areas, and nonmetro residence. The data in this brief come from the 1989−2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplements of the Current Population Survey.   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 >

Making Work Pay in Minnesota
Minnesota House of Representatives Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs, May 2014, 51 pp.
A look at Minnesota's data on the economy, poverty, employment, job growth, and living wage jobs. Includes strategies for increasing living wage jobs in Minnesota.   more info >

Ninth District Insight: A Front-line Perspective on the Economic Health of Low- to Moderate-Income Communities
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 2014, 12 pp.
Presents findings from a semiannual survey of community development and service organizations that is designed to provide insight on key indicators related to the economic health of low- to moderate-income communities. State-level data are available for states in the ninth district, including Minnesota and North Dakota.   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 >

Corridors of Opportunity
Wilder Research, April 2014, 95 pp.
This is a Twin Cities regional project to ensure that transit lines are planned with related developments (including jobs and affordable housing) so as to benefit low-income residents equitably as part of the overall economic development of the region.   more info >

Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2014, 6 pp.
A study of the interaction of the safety net with the increasing employment instability faced by low-wage workers.   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 >

The Long-Term Unemployed in the Wake of the Great Recession
Carsey Institute, January 2014, 8 pp.
A look at the demographic and economic characteristics of the long-term unemployed in the United States, those unemployed for longer than 26 weeks.   more info >

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
Metropolitan Council, January 2014
Information and data about diversity and equity in the Twin Cities. Looks at areas of concentrated poverty and indicators of opportunity.   more info >

Child and Well-Being Index
Foundation for Child Development, December 2013, 24 pp.
Annual report on the well-being of children in the U.S. Includes data on economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, educational attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being.   more info >

Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States
National Institute on Retirement Security, December 2013, 22 pp.
Examines racial disparities in retirement readiness.   more info >

Unemployment Disparity in Minnesota
State Advisory Committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, December 2013, 105 pp.
In-depth look at unemployment disparities in Minnesota.   more info >

In the Shadow of the Boomers: Minnesota's Labor Force Outlook
Minnesota State Demographic Center, December 2013, 27 pp.
As the Baby Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) continues to transition out of the workforce, a new labor force landscape is emerging across the United States and in Minnesota. The labor force growth rate, once a once a guaranteed phenomenon for generating more workers to fuel economic growth, will slow down considerably. This report discusses the implications of slowing labor force growth, as well as the role of domestic and international migration to secure Minnesota's labor needs in the future.   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 >

Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation
Urban Institute, April 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses the racial wealth gap and how it affects opportunity.   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 >

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 >

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 >

Minnesota Minimum-Wage Report, 2011
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, August 2012, 27 pp.
Presents statistics about minimum-wage workers in Minnesota.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   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 >

Research Highlights: Aging and the Workforce
Hennepin County, April 2012, 13 pp.
A synopsis of published research about aging and the workforce, focusing on Hennepin County.   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 >

Results Minneapolis: NORTHnext Update 2012
City of Minneapolis, January 2012, 58 pp.
Focuses on changes in areas such as demographics, safety, youth development, economy and employment, physical environment and development in Minneapolis neighborhoods.   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 >

The High Quality of Life in Minnesota: Not Equally Shared by All
Minnesota Compass, December 2011, 2 pp.
In Minnesota, we take pride in our belief that all people have opportunities to become successful, but how well are we really doing? If you look at key statistics measuring our overall well-being, Minnesota ranks near the top in most categories. But dig a little deeper and you uncover glaring and persistent disparities.   more info >

Women's earnings in Minnesota - 2013
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, November 2011, 7 pp.
This report contains information on women's earning in Minnesota. It is taken from a larger report presenting earnings data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a national monthly survey of approximately 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   more info >

High black unemployment widespread across nation's metropolitan areas
Economic Policy Institute, October 2011, 8 pp.
This report compares black unemployment rates before and after the recent economic downturn, finding that many metropolitan areas current have rates of over 20 percent, black unemployment rates of over 20 percent, comparable to the peak national unemployment rates during the Great Depression of the 1930s.   more info >

Quarterly Economic Pulse September 2011
Greater Twin Cities United Way and Twin Cities Compass, September 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.   more info >

Everybody in: A report to reduce racial employment disparities in the Ramsey County Metropolitan Area
Blue Ribbon Commission Reducing Racial Employment Disparities, September 2011, 68 pp.
Strategies to reduce racial employment disparities in Ramsey County Metropolitan Area.   more info >

Unemployment in the Great Recession: Single parents and men hit hard
Carsey Institute, July 2011, 6 pp.
This brief examines changes in unemployment patterns by sex, age, education, race and ethnicity, marital status, and parental status paying particular attention to differences by place of residence.   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 >

Pilot Study: Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota's Interdependencies
Minnesota Rural Partners, April 2011, 48 pp.
Illustrates the economic importance of rural Minnesota to all of Minnesota's economic health and well being.   more info >

All hands on deck: Fifteen ideas for strengthening Minnesota's workforce: 2012 Policy advisory
Governor's Workforce Development Council, March 2011, 44 pp.
Presents 15 policy recommendations designed to improve Minnesota's education and training system and help meet the increasing demand for skilled workers. Recommendations fall in four areas: strengthening the skills of the current workforce, creating work and lifetime learning options for aging workers, expanding work opportunities for Minnesotans with disabilities, and ensuring all high school graduates are ready for success.   more info >

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence.   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 >

14 Solutions that expand job and economic opportunity, and reduce Minnesota's disparities
Organizing Apprenticeship Project, December 2010, 16 pp.
This policy brief offers solutions that expand opportunity, reduce Minnesota's racial, gender and economic disparities, and highlights equity implications of the most pressing policy issues.   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 >

Transform 2010: Data report - baby boomer survey
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2010, 24 pp.
Results of a survey of Minnesota baby boomers that asked for their thoughts about work and housing and how they expect to approach these issues in the next 10 years.   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 >

Work and Retirement Patterns for the G.I. Generation, Silent Generation, and Early Boomers: Thirty Years of Change
Urban Institute, July 2010, 70 pp.
Looks at retirement patterns over the past 30 years.   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 >

Uneven pain: Unemployment by metropolitan area and race
Economic Policy Institute, June 2010, 11 pp.
Details the variation in unemployment across the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The Twin Cities metropolitan area has the highest black-white unemployment ratio, with the black unemployment rate three times that of the white rate.   more info >

Evidence scan of work experience programs
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., May 2010, 38 pp.
This report presents evidence on the effectiveness of interventions that include work experience as a strategy to improve employment outcomes for people with barriers to employment. The report reviews 26 years of rigorous research gathering information from 27 evaluations. The author distinguishes between interventions targeting adults versus youth, paid versus unpaid work, and length of work opportunity.   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 >

Charting a New Course: Restoring Job Growth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region
Itasca Project, April 2010, 28 pp.
Identifies strategies and policies the region could employ to create, attract, and retain quality jobs. Strategic priorities identified include: addressing the cost of doing business; developing a vision, strategy, and approach for regional economic development; and enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation.   more info >

What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
Child Trends, March 2010, 15 pp.
Identifies intervention strategies that promote the positive development of older youth.   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 >

American Indians and the great recession: Economic disparities growing larger
Economic Policy Institute, December 2009, 8 pp.
American Indian workers suffered recession-level rates of unemployment long before the current recession began. This issue brief examines the increasing gap between American-Indian and white unemployment rates, both nationally and regionally.   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 >

Alternative Welfare-to-Work Strategies for the Hard-to-Employ: Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia
MDRC, October 2009, 186 pp.
This report presents interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for hard-to-employ recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Philadelphia. The study is part of a larger project testing innovative employment strategies for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job.   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 >

Increasing the Percentage of Children Living in Two-Parent Families
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
Strategies for increasing the percentage of children who live in two-parent families, an indicator of child well-being.   more info >

Increasing the number of children whose parents have stable employment
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 16 pp.
This indicator brief outlines eight broad strategies for workforce development that are rooted in lessons learned from recent practice and research.   more info >

Reducing the number of disconnected youth
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
This brief outlines strategies to reduce the number of disconnected youth.   more info >

Turning Point: The Long Term Effects of Recession-Induced Child Poverty
First Focus, May 2009, 15 pp.
A study showing that children who fall into poverty during a recession will suffer in adulthood.   more info >

Housing as a Lever for Economic Recovery
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Housing Partnership, February 2009, 20 pp.
Based on regional and national studies, this report reveals that investments in housing infrastructure, both new construction and rehabilitation, help create jobs, and increase economic activity and public revenues while addressing the housing crisis across Minnesota.   more info >

Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, Legislative Report
Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, January 2009, 72 pp.
The Commission's final report of research results. In addition to including the Commission's recommendations for ending poverty in Minnesota by 2020, it includes: the case for ending poverty in Minnesota, key elements that determine poverty, what economists and other experts are saying about workforce trends, ideas for implementing the recommendations, and special sections on economic disparities and the connection between health care and poverty.   more info >

Southeast Minnesota Needs Assessment: A Profile of the Characteristics and Service Needs of the Region's Residents
Wilder Research, December 2008, 78 pp.
Findings from an assessment of the needs of low-income residents in an 11-county region served by three community agencies. Surveys were completed in 2005 and 2008.   more info >

Ethnic Capital and Minnesota's Future: People of Liberian Origin in Minnesota
Bruce P. Corrie, November 2008, 17 pp.
Using a series of policy scenarios, the author documents the economic contributions of people of Liberian origin in Minnesota.   more info >

The geographic distribution and characteristics of older workers in Minnesota: 2004
U.S. Census Bureau, October 2008, 12 pp.
Shows the geographic distribution and the economic dynamics among private sector workers 55 and older, including comparisons among the counties and between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Minnesota.   more info >

Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't Doing to Promote Family Economic Security
National Center for Children in Poverty, August 2008, 23 pp.
Examines state-level policies that help families both avoid and cope with economic hardship. The report highlights policies that benefit individual families and for which 50-state data sources are available. Three categories of policies are included: work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development and protection.   more info >

Interim Report from the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020
Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, June 2008, 32 pp.
A report on the commission's progress since its creation in June 2007. It also provides a brief history of the commission and a snapshot of poverty in Minnesota.   more info >

Why do so few women work in New York (and so many in Minneapolis)? Labor supply of married women across U.S. cities
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 2008, 47 pp.
This study found that white married women in Minneapolis are more likely to work than white married women in any other major city. After looking at a variety of possible explanations, they found that cities that had large increases in average commuting times from 1980 through 2000 had slower growth in labor force participation.   more info >

Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States
Brookings Institute, Metropolitan Policy Program, February 2008, 20 pp.
This paper examines workers' commuting costs and travel modes, as well as the relationship between housing and commuting costs.  The analysis focuses on the working poor but draws on the experiences of all workers.   more info >

Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Artists in Minnesota, 2007
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, November 2007
Detailed regional studies documenting the annual economic impact of Minnesota’s individual artists. One statewide study also looks at artists' access to health care and retirement plans.   more info >

Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use Among Low-Income Mothers
Urban Institute, August 2007, 38 pp.
Analyzes how mental health problems impede low-income mothers' ability to work and how health insurance improves access to mental health treatment.   more info >

Microenterprise Programs as Asset Builders
The Aspen Institute, June 2007, 4 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth.   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 >

Why we can't wait: A case for philanthropic action: Opportunities for improving life outcomes for African American males
Ford Foundation, January 2007, 81 pp.
An examination of programs, policies and services that impact the life outcomes of African-American males. The report is intended to serve as a springboard for ideas, strategies and programs that philanthropy professionals, nonprofit leaders and civil society can nurture to the point of outcomes that improve the quality of life for black men and boys.   more info >

The Thin Cities: How Subsidized Job Piracy Deepens Inequality in the Twin Cities Metro Area
Good Jobs First, December 2006, 60 pp.
Good Jobs First reviews the accessibility of jobs in locations receiving economic development subsidies to move jobs and tax revenues in the metropolitan region. Dispersing jobs from the core increases disparities in wealth and employment opportunities among localities in the regions.   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 >

Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities.   more info >

Economic impact of immigrants
Office of the Legislative Auditor, May 2006, 25 pp.
Summary of economic research on the impact of immigrants in Minnesota, including impacts on government costs and revenues. The report includes census data on Minnesota's immigrant population, a summary information available on the economic impact on immigrants and on U.S.-born workers, and the national and state level impacts of immigrants on public costs and revenues. The final section addresses the impacts of illegal immigrants.   more info >

A new approach to low-wage workers and employers: Launching the Work Advancement and Support Center demonstration
MDRC, February 2006, 62 pp.
Looks at the start-up experiences of two Work Advancement and Support Centers. The Centers provide services to help workers keep their jobs or find better ones and provide simplified access to programs intended to provide financial support to low-income workers.   more info >

Minority Suburbanization, Stable Integration, and Economic Opportunity in Fifteen Metropolitan Regions
Institute on Race and Poverty, February 2006, 67 pp.
Report examining the dynamics of suburbanization and racial change in fifteen large U.S. metropolitan areas from 1980-2000, and the geography of jobs from 1990-2000. Minneapolis is one of the fifteen metropolitan areas examined.   more info >

Artists' Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies
University of Minnesota, February 2006, 113 pp.
Looks at the impact of artists' centers on artists and on regions and neighborhoods, how artists' centers have developed in Minnesota, and provides policy recommendations for those wishing to start or improve upon existing artists' centers.   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 >

Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States
Aspen Institute, January 2005, 127 pp.
Offers an explanation of the context and scope of microenterprise in the United States and describes some of the factors driving low-income Americans toward self-employment. Articulates ways to help transform the field and position it for long-term growth and sustainability.   more info >

Working Hard, Falling Short: America's Working Families and the Pursuit of Economic Security
Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 2004, 32 pp.
Highlights five broad findings about low-income working families in the United States and makes recommendations.   more info >

Demographic change and the life circumstances of immigrant families
The Future of Children, July 2004, 31 pp.
A description of the major demographic shifts over the past half-century including statistics reflecting the circumstances of the nation's children across various racial/ethnic groups.   more info >

Escaping low earnings : the role of employer characteristics and changes
National Poverty Center, April 2004, 38 pp.
Analyzes the extent to which escape from or entry into low earnings among adult workers is associated with changes in their employers and firm characteristics.   more info >

Earning while learning : maintaining income while upgrading skills
Jobs for the Future, December 2003, 15 pp.
Looks at programs that allow low-wage workers learn new skills while maintaining an income. It identifies what works for programs and practices that encourage skill development by providing income and support services to those pursuing further education and training.   more info >

Policy Matters: Setting and Measuring Benchmarks for State Policies: Improving the Economic Success of Families
Center for the Study of Social Policy, January 2003, 56 pp.
Discusses the importance of economic self-sufficiency as a measure of the economic success of low-income families, the obstacles that prevent families from achieving self-sufficiency, the role of public policy, a logic model that links policy to family economic success, and "policy options and preliminary benchmarks that research and practice evidence suggests will promote economic success among low-income families."   more info >

Families Coping Without Earnings or Government Cash Assistance
The Urban Institute, January 2003, 45 pp.
"This study is based on qualitative interviews with 95 extremely poor families (cash income below 50 percent of the federal poverty level) living without employment income or government cash assistance... The study was designed to understand why some families live outside the government cash income support system despite extreme poverty."   more info >

Speaking for Themselves: A Survey of Hispanic, Russian, and Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Wilder Research, November 2000, 20 pp.
This survey explores shared experiences as well as a wealth of differences among four major immigrant groups in the Twin Cities area. Topics include reasons for leaving home, reasons for coming to the United States and Minnesota, English language ability, treatment by Americans, views about cultural identity and Americanization, children and schools, religious identification, types of employment, stress factors, and sources of news and information.   more info >

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Promising Occupations Achievable for Low-Income Families Through Short-Term Education or Training
This report identifies promising occupations that are achievable for low-income workers after a relatively short-term investment in education or training. It is part of a project on family self-sufficiency and stability research. For each state, a table highlights promising occupations, listed from highest to lowest number of projected annual jobs.   more info >

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 >

Institute for Research on Poverty
Research on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.   more info >

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