Poverty, Income and Work

State of Working Minnesota: Many Minnesotans Working Hard but Barriers Keep Them from Making Ends Meet, December 2018
Ten years into the recovery from the Great Recession, high-income earners are doing well. Unfortunately, other workers have seen only moderate growth in wages recently, consistent with a 40-year trend. Fortunately, one group that has seen higher wage growth recently, are workers earning the lowest wages, likely demonstrating how minimum wage increases are boosting these workers’ incomes. This issue brief breaks down the wages and incomes of different groups of workers in Minnesota. We also offer insights into how policymakers can continue to support workers and their drive to thrive in today’s economy.

Some Minnesotans Struggling Despite Top Line Figures Showing Economic Prosperity, November 2017
Minnesotans with less formal education, people living in parts of Greater Minnesota, and Minnesotans of color are among those who are still struggling to reach greater employment levels since the Great Recession. People of color have consistently faced barriers to employment, and while these Minnesotans have seen some improvement, it is still the case that communities of color have higher rates of unemployment than their white counterparts. This issue brief takes a closer look at the groups of people who are still struggling to find and keep jobs despite an overall economic recovery.

Minnesota Economy Improving But Harsh Disparities Leave Too Many Workers Behind: The State of Working Minnesota 2016, October 2016
Minnesota’s economy has a number of strengths, especially compared to national trends. For example, our workers are in the labor force at higher rates, they earn more, and are less likely to be unemployed than in Wisconsin. This brief takes a deeper look at recent wage and employment data that show despite some strong economic indicators, still too many Minnesotans lack jobs with wages that can support themselves and their families. And racial disparities persist: Minnesotans of color are less able to find the jobs they need, and they have lower incomes than white Minnesotans.


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