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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 Cities MetroThe seven-county Metro Area had a total population of 2,978,822 people according to the 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Of this population, 336,686 people, or 11.3%, self-reported as foreign born. While the Metro Area has 54.7% of Minnesota’s total population, it is home to 78.9% of the state’s foreign born population.

Central MinnesotaIf you find yourself trying to sleep without A/C on a hot, muggy night, you’ll want to call an HVAC technician. Central Minnesota has roughly 400 of these jobs, filled by workers who service and install heaters and air conditioning units. This occupation is ranked highly in the region by DEED’s Occupations In Demand tool, meaning employers have a current need and desire to fill their open positions. 

Northeast Minnesota: There were 142,984 covered jobs supplied by 8,639 employer establishments in the Arrowhead region, with an average annual wage of $43,056. Over the past year employers in Northeast Minnesota gained 1,195 net new jobs, a 0.8% increase; while since 2012, the region added 4,482 jobs, a 3.2% increase. These gains, however, do not match the rate of employment growth that the state of Minnesota had.

Northwest Minnesota: Despite the pending labor force shortage that Northwest Minnesota communities have been anticipating, the region has continued to add workers year after year. One distinct feature of recent labor force growth is the ethnic and racial makeup of new workers. In 2016, there were over 9,000 more minority workers than in 2000. This influx represents 40% of the region’s overall labor force growth since the turn of the century, even though minorities accounted for less than 6% of the labor force.

Southeast Minnesota: Forty hours per week is considered full-time employment, which equals 2,080 hours over the course of a 52-week year. DEED’s new Quarterly Employment Demographics (QED) tool provides data on the median number of hours worked by industry, which allows for a couple questions: How many hours are workers in Southeast Minnesota actually working? Which age groups are working the most and the least?

Southwest MinnesotaAs the school year closes, thousands of high school graduates are preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. In 2016, more than 4,225 students graduated from high schools in the 23-county Southwest Minnesota planning region, ready to turn their educational and career dreams into reality. Results from the  Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) provide insight into what these students actually do upon graduation. About 71% of last year's graduates enrolled in college in the fall, while 22% found jobs and started working