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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.

Labor Market Information Training Sessions

DEED's regional analysts are excited to be offering a series of hands-on interactive workshops on utilizing our Labor Market Information tools. Registration for the workshops located across the state is now open: 


TWIN CITIES: Clearly, choice of major matters in labor market outcomes. Students, career seekers, and others interested in furthering their education can use Graduate Employment Outcomes (GEO) data to make more-informed decisions on their educational pathways. While past graduate outcomes cannot predict the market success of future graduates, and success is measured by more than just wages, users of the GEO tool can get a better sense of perception and reality for numerous educational pathways. 

CENTRAL MINNESOTA: Central Minnesota’s agriculture industry is incredibly important, providing unique job opportunities while supporting a variety of other industries such as manufacturing, finance, and transportation. At an occupational level, the region boasts 32 unique jobs in the agriculture, food, and natural resources career field with 8,380 jobs, excluding self-employment (primarily family farms).

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA: As detailed in last month’s Local Look blog, incomes were climbing across the Northeast region. Though the rising tide seems to be lifting all boats, there was still a lot of variation by race or origin. Over half of households of some other race and nearly two-thirds of black or African American households in the region reported incomes below $25,000 in the most recent American Community Survey estimates, while over 50 percent of American Indian, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, and households of two or more races had incomes below $50,000 in 2017.

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA: Wherever they work, foreign-born workers are a vital part of the state and region’s economy, providing growth to an otherwise aging and slowing labor force. Immigrants have proven to be ready and willing contributors, with high and rising labor force participation rates. While some have educational and language barriers to certain jobs, there are a variety of occupations, including many that are in critical need of workers, where immigrants already contribute in significant numbers.

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA: It’s no surprise that many individuals commute to work. According to U.S. Census OnTheMap data, the Southeast region sees just over 56,000 workers leaving the region for work (about 22 percent of the region’s workers) while only bringing in 43,629 workers from outside the region. About 200,000 residents live and work in the region, but the overall loss of workers could be detrimental as the region continues to struggle with a tight labor market.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA: As the school year comes to a close, well over half of high school students in the Southwest Minnesota region will be starting or continuing a job. According to the most recent estimates from the American Community Survey, about 57 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds in the 23-county planning region are participating in the labor force, which was slightly above the statewide rate and well above the national rate of 37.7 percent.