Reports: Workforce development

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 >

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 >

Make It. MSP. Insights: Talent in the Minneapolis Saint Paul Region
The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership, November 2016, 11 pp.
Make It. MSP. is working to increase the region’s performance on retaining and attracting talent. This report identify the region’s key talent issues and opportunities and suggests ways to support the region’s efforts to maintain its top competitive advantage.   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 >

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 >

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 >

Key "Soft Skills" That Foster Youth Workforce Success: Toward a Consensus Across Fields
Child Trends, June 2015, 56 pp.
“Soft skills” are important for human capital development and workforce success. Nevertheless, a soft skills “gap” is noted by many employers. This white paper recommends a research-based set of key soft skills that increase the chance that youth ages 15–29 will be successful in the workforce.   more info >

Pohlad Family Foundation 2015 Youth Advancement Overview
Pohlad Family Foundation, January 2015, 10 pp.
Information on disconnected youth, or youth not enrolled in high school or college and not employed. Includes Twin Cities data, the factors affecting disconnection, and evidence about promising practices.   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 >

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 >

Minnesota's Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model
PolicyLink, March 2014, 47 pp.
This report describes demographic trends in Minnesota, explains why equity matters for the state's economic future, and presents a set of policy ideas to build an equitable economy.   more info >

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Pew Research Center, February 2014, 65 pp.
Presents results from a survey and study comparing college graduates to those with less education. The study found that young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education on a number of economic and career attainment measures.   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 >

Workforce Equity for a Competitive Economy - Meeting in the Marketplace
Growth & Justice, August 2013, 10 pp.
Discusses what employers and sectors can do to ensure employment opportunities are more equitable.   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 >

Generation Next
Wilder Research, April 2013, 26 pp.
Generation Next is an initiative committed to closing the achievement gap among Twin Cities’ low-income students and students of color. It is a partnership of education, community, government, and business organizations dedicated to accelerating educational achievement for all our children – from early childhood to early college and career. Reports provide baseline data for Generation Next goals, strategies for improving student college and career readiness, an analysis of the local landscape of college and career readiness programming, views by local leaders on the strengths and gaps in local college and career readiness efforts, and effective strategies for early literacy intervention.   more info >

The Time for Talent: Why the Development, Recruitment, and Retention of Talent is Key to a Prosperous Future for Minnesota
Minnesota State Demographic Center, March 2013, 41 pp.
This report examines two kinds of talent, “Degreed Talent,” and “Creative Talent," and explores how these two types of talent are associated with greater economic strength and growth within communities and states. It discusses how Minnesota’s future economic standing and quality-of-life depends on its attention to developing, recruiting, and retaining talent in the years to come.   more info >

Hiring Difficulties in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, March 2013, 24 pp.
Results of a survey of employers focusing on hiring difficulties in nine nursing, engineering, and production occupations.   more info >

Spotlight on the Past and Looking Forward to the Future of Nursing in North Dakota
North Dakota Center for Nursing Research, January 2013, 40 pp.
Findings from the North Dakota Nursing Needs Study, which looks at the supply and demand for nurses. Also discusses the North Dakota Center for Nursing and its work to ensure a healthy future supply of nurses.   more info >

Higher education partnerships for prosperity
Itasca Project, July 2012, 32 pp.
The Itasca Higher Education Task Force brought together leaders from Minnesota’s higher education institutions and business community to identify strategies to build upon the strengths of our educational system and meet the challenges ahead, forming a four-part strategic vision for higher education in collaboration with businesses outlined in this report.   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 >

Help wanted: Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2018
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, June 2010, 122 pp.
Provides detailed national forecasts of educational demand from 2008 through 2018, including educational demand by education level, occupation, and industry. Minnesota is ranked among the top five states that will lead the nation in job openings requiring postsecondary education.   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 >

North Dakota Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2010-2020
North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, February 2010, 20 pp.
This is a strategic plan aimed at increasing economic growth in North Dakota. It provides an overall economic assessment of the state and examines individual business sectors and industries.   more info >

Recommendations for a Minnesota Science & Technology Initiative
Minnesota Science and Technology Economic Development Project Committee, January 2010, 52 pp.
Proposes a Minnesota science and technology initiative based on a review of initiatives in other states. Argues that a science and technology plan is critical for Minnesota to remain competitive.   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 >

Preparing Minnesota's workforce for tomorrow's economy
Governor's Workforce Development Council, November 2008, 24 pp.
The Council's recommendations for preparing Minnesota's workforce for the future. Committees identified problems and provided recommendations in the areas of business and community connections, diversity, education, and skill and wage advancement.   more info >

21st century skills, education and competitiveness
Partnership for 21st Century Skills, September 2008, 16 pp.
This report is aimed at policymakers and leaders in the business, education and workforce development communities. It provides guidance on shaping public education policies that will secure America's economic competitiveness, giving students the skills they need to succeed in a knowledge and information-based economy.   more info >

Reach higher, America: Overcoming crisis in the U.S. workforce
National Commission on Adult Literacy, June 2008, 76 pp.
Although the American economy increasingly requires that most workers have some postsecondary education or occupational training to be ready for employment, the country is moving further away from that goal.  A significant number of adults face educational barriers that mean they will fall behind in their struggle to get higher wage jobs or qualify for college or job training.  This report offers an analysis and recommendations on ways to increase the competitiveness of the American workforce.   more info >

From getting by to getting ahead: Navigating career advancement for low-wage workers
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), October 2007, 157 pp.
Demonstrates an approach to helping low wage workers and dislocated workers advance by strategically combining work development opportunities and work support resources.   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 >

Training low-income workers for skills and advancement: McKnight Foundation Families Forward evaluation
Wilder Research, September 2006, 134 pp.
An initiative of The McKnight Foundation to help low-wage working parents gain access to better jobs through training and education. The initiative was launched in September 2001 and ended in 2006. Reports prevent evaluation results, including findings about participants, their experiences combining training with work and family responsibilities, and their job outcomes. They also highlight findings about what it takes for providers to offer skill development programs that meet the needs of workers and employers.   more info >

State strategies for improving the employment outcomes of TANF and low-income families
NGA Center for Best Practices, July 2006, 18 pp.
Examines strategies that can help low-wage earners successfully advance in the job market and find jobs that can support families.   more info >

Mind the gap: Reducing disparities to improve regional competitiveness in the Twin Cities
Brookings Institution, October 2005, 44 pp.
A look at race, class, and place disparities in the Twin Cities and why reducing them is important to build a more competitive workforce, bring more money into the region, and make the region stronger and more competitive. Also presents a policy framework for reducing disparities.   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 >

Moving from welfare to work: asset-building practices in welfare reform
Michigan State University, February 2004, 8 pp.
This brief presents examples of state organizational structures and program elements with the potential for building assets in TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients   more info >

Workforce intermediaries and their roles in promoting advancement
Jobs for the Future, December 2003, 19 pp.
Workforce intermediaries help low-income individuals secure jobs and promote career advancement. This paper discusses the economic context for workforce intermediaries and describes their work.   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 >

The next challenge: Advancement of low-skilled, low-wage workers
Jobs for the Future, December 2003, 12 pp.
An introduction to a series of reports on advancement for low-wage workers. Sections include: Why focus on advancement?, Issues in career advancement, and Strategies to promote advancement.   more info >

By design: Engaging employers in workforce development organizations
Public/Private Ventures, November 2003, 32 pp.
This report examines three workforce development organizations and the key principles for successfully engaging employers.   more info >

Opportunity in tough times: Promoting advancement for low-wage workers in a difficult economic environment
Jobs for the Future, August 2003, 22 pp.
Researchers interviewed state officials and practitioners to learn about local and state-level experience with promoting the advancement of low-wage workers. Sections include: Changes in the economic and fiscal landscape; Adapting strategies that support advancement; and Developing the infrastructure and redesigning funding for advancement.   more info >

Whose job is it? Creating opportunities for advancement
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), May 2003, 35 pp.
Addresses the question, "What are the most effective ways to help low-wage workers advance?" Looks at the experiences of low-wage workers in the labor market, effective employment and training strategies, key elements of a job advancement strategy, the challenges in implementing these strategies, and policy suggestions.   more info >

Making work pay: How to design and implement financial work supports to improve family and child well-being and reduce poverty
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), April 2003, 77 pp.
Focuses on designing and implementing financial supports that will reinforce the welfare-to-work message while increasing family income, and positively affect low income families and their children.   more info >

Built to Last: Why Skills Matter for Long-Run Success in Welfare Reform
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)|National Institute for Literacy|National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, March 2003, 32 pp.
Discusses the importance of education and training programs in helping low-income parents; which welfare-to-work strategies work best; and implications for federal, state, and local TANF policies.   more info >

Transitional jobs programs work
National Transitional Jobs Network|Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), February 2003, 2 pp.
Describes transitional jobs programs and their effectiveness. "Transitional jobs are short-term, publicly subsidized jobs that combine real work,skill development, and support services to help participants find and keep unsubsidized jobs."   more info >

Transitional jobs: Stepping stones to unsubsidized employment
Mathematica Policy Research, March 2002, 94 pp.
In-depth study of six transitional work programs: "how they work, what it takes to implement them, how much they cost, and how successful they are."   more info >

Providing the missing link: A model for a neighborhood-focused employment program
Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2001, 60 pp.
This report provides a model for a neighborhood-focused workforce development strategy.   more info >

The building blocks of community development
MDC, Inc., November 2001, 15 pp.
Outlines six building blocks of economic prosperity within a community: business development, workforce development, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, cultural and environmental stewardship, and civic infrastructure.   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 >

States of change : Policies and programs to promote low-wage workers' steady employment and advancement
Public/Private Ventures, April 2001, 34 pp.
This report reviews the efforts of several states that have taken advantage of devolved federal authority and the flexibility of the welfare reform legislation to create new state policies and strategies to support low-income individuals as they work. The report includes information on: Opportunities for and key elements of supporting steady employment and job advancement for low-income workers, examples of state policies and programs that enable low-income workers to retain employment and advance on the job, the challenges of designing and implementing job retention and advancement strategies for low-income workers, and policy and program ideas for moving ahead.   more info >

Beyond work first: How to help hard-to-employ individuals get jobs and succeed in the workforce
MDRC, March 2001, 126 pp.
"This guide provides practical advice for designing and implementing programs to help hard-to-employ individuals succeed in the labor market." It provides a background description of the issue, the prevalence of barriers to employment, policy implications and general program strategies for working with hard-to-employ individuals, and suggestions for working with individuals who face specific barriers to employment, such as substance abuse, domestic violence, chronic health problems, criminal records, and more.   more info >

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Georgetown Public Policy Institute Center on Education and the Workforce
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute affiliated with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands.   more info >

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

Jobs for the Future
Research on the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults.   more info >

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