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Income and Work

Minnesota has one of the highest rates of labor force participation in the country, but that doesn’t mean that all Minnesotans are able to make ends meet. We research economic trends to understand who’s faring well in today’s economy, and who is left behind. We advocate for economic policies, particularly those that improve wages and job quality standards, so that more Minnesotans can thrive.

Research

August 2015

Minnesota's workers need earned sick and safe time

Hard-working Minnesotans should not lose wages or their jobs when they take time off to care for themselves or a sick family member, or deal with domestic abuse. But currently, 1.1 million Minnesotans, or 41 percent of the state’s workforce, face this situation because their jobs do not offer earned sick leave. These workers live all across the state, and in some counties, including Stearns and St. Louis, about half of all workers lack access to earned sick leave.

February 2015

Too many Minnesota workers face low pay and few benefits: The state of working Minnesota 2014

Minnesota is known for our hard-working residents, but too many find that their hard work is not enough. Wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living, and jobs that only offer part-time hours and lack critical benefits aren't enough to make ends meet.

October 2014

Mapping Minnesota's future to shared opportunities

Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Minnesota Budget Project have worked together to create this portfolio of maps to answer questions such as “Where is our fight against poverty most needed?” and “Where do Minnesotans have less education, higher unemployment, or lower incomes?” 

September 2014

Many Minnesotans still struggling to find jobs despite stronger economy

By the start of 2014, it appeared that the economic recovery was taking hold. Minnesota had recovered the jobs lost during the recession, and unemployment was comfortably below the national figures. But these overall figures disguise the fact that many Minnesota workers are not sharing in the state’s economic growth. The same kinds of workers that suffered the highest levels of unemployment during the recession - the less educated, the young, single parents and people of color – still face higher unemployment rates during the recovery.

Income and Work Blog Posts

October 06, 2021

Federal tax reforms are an essential piece of building a better future

Federal policymakers are in the midst of an essential and high stakes debate about the future of our country. More than...

September 22, 2021

Unemployment Insurance supports workers, not a major cause of labor shortages

To keep workers across the nation safe from infection with COVID-19 and stabilize household incomes, in March 2020 Co...

September 22, 2021

Federal policy action protected health, economic well-being during pandemic

Federal COVID-19 relief actions reduced hardship during the pandemic and the dramatic economic disruption it caused in...

September 21, 2021

Dear Congress: It's time to pass historic investments

If Congress makes the right choices, recovery legislation could lead to historic reductions in economic and racial inequality in Minnesota and across the country.

Highlighted Research

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State of Working Minnesota: Barriers Keep Many from Making Ends Meet

Despite Minnesota's economic recovery from the Great Recession, many Minnesotans have not seen the wage growth we would expect nearly a decade later. And many people still face barriers to finding good jobs and supporting themselves and their families, according to analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. Our State of Working Minnesota report digs deeper into the data.

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