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Goal: Everyone has skills and opportunities to obtain well-paying jobs

Minnesota is known for its robust economy powered by a strong workforce. But it also has some of the largest racial employment and education disparities in the nation. To meet the growing demand for technical and highly-skilled workers, we must develop education and training systems that ensure all workers are adequately prepared for an increasingly complex working environment.

What's happening

Making connections

Like much of the country, Minnesota is experiencing mixed results as it seeks to emerge from the economic downturn. These measures help tell us how well we are building a climate for business opportunities for those who seek jobs and opportunities to innovate.

Change in jobs (Economy)
Change in gross domestic product (Economy)
Health care coverage (Health)
Median household income (Economy)
Proportion of immigrant adults working ( Immigration)
Transportation expenses as share of household income (Transportation)

STEM section

STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) section in Education topic: Find data, benchmarks, and best practices.

Featured trend

Working-age adults, 1960-2010, Today, and by 2025

Number of women age 16-64 in workforce in Minnesota continues to grow

The proportion of women age 16-64 in Minnesota who are employed rose to 77% in 2018, an increase of one percentage point from 2017. Since 2009, the number of women age 16-64 working in Minnesota has risen steadily, adding 96,155 more women to the workforce.

See our “proportion of adults working” key measure for more on this topic. 

New & Noteworthy

Images of male and female workers.

High participation in the labor force may not protect Minnesota from experiencing significant talent shortages over the next five years. What do the numbers say about how we can we chip away Minnesota’s workforce shortage?