Local Look blogs: Quarterly Employment Demographics

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Each month, DEED's Regional Analysis & Outreach unit produces a series of blogs exploring local labor market information. Please contact your regional analyst for more information.  

Twin Cites MetroDEED has released a new dataset: the Quarterly Employment Demographics (QED). The QED data tool provides job distribution statistics, median hourly wage, and median hours per quarter broken down by gender and age, available by industry and geography.

Central Minnesota: Young workers and low wages are often synonymous. With little experience and few skills, young workers largely fill entry-level jobs. However, not all workers in their teens and early twenties are earning wages near minimum. Depending on the industry, median hourly wages for young workers can vary significantly. 

Northeast MinnesotaOctober’s release showed historically low unemployment rates for the Arrowhead region. Northeast Minnesota has a 3.2% unemployment rate, while the city of Duluth dropped to 2.5% and Workforce Service Area 3 was at 3.5%.

Northwest Minnesota: Following our recent analysis of industry clusters in Northwest Minnesota, this month’s blog post looks closer at ‘declining’ industries in our region. Despite shedding almost 1,100 jobs since 2011, these ‘declining’ industries are still very important, accounting for over 16% of regional jobs (over 36,000 jobs) .

Southeast MinnesotaMany jobs are available in Southeast Minnesota for people of all age groups. Whether you’re looking for a part-time job to help pay school loans or buy gifts for the holidays, your first job to start your career after college, a step up in your current career pathway, or something to earn extra income after retirement, age appears to be nothing but a number in the current employment landscape of the region.

Southwest Minnesota: After stagnant wage growth during the recession and recovery, median hourly wages started rising quickly for workers in Southwest Minnesota over the past three years. In fact, median wages rose faster in Southwest than the state as a whole from 2011 to 2016.