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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)

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Featured trend

Proportion of adults working by race, 2012 and 2017

Gap in employment by race has narrowed

In 2012, 15 percentage points separated the shares of non-Hispanic whites and people of color who were working; today, the gap stands at 10 percentage points. We now see higher levels of employment among both groups, but gains in employment have been stronger for workers of color. In particular, we have seen strong gains in employment among black and Hispanic Minnesotans over the last several years.

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New & Noteworthy

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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?