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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.

New! STEM white papers on race, income, and gender disparities.

Featured trend

adults working by race
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Racial gaps in employment among highest in nation

While the Twin Cities region ranks No. 1 among the 25 largest metro areas for the overall proportion of adults working, we have some of the worst disparities in the nation.

View dashboard of workforce measures compiled by Compass for the Itasca Project.

New & Noteworthy

Mike Langley

GREATER MSP has the mission of accelerating job growth and capital investment for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul 16-county region. We asked CEO Michael Langley to provide his insights on the region's ability to develop, attract, and retain a diverse workforce.