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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

January 2006

Income inequality in Minnesota 2006

September 2004

Wage outlook in Minnesota: Labor Day 2004

This brief is a collaborative project of the JOBS NOW Coalition and the Minnesota Budget Project....

October 2003

Families lose ground in "jobless" economic recovery

November 2002

Poverty rates increase, incomes and health coverage fall in 2001

Income and Work Blog Posts

March 13, 2019

Governor’s budget proposal makes major investments in housing, workforce, local communities

Governor Tim Walz’s budget makes significant investments in housing, workforce development, economic development, and...

September 19, 2018

Plans to cut federal economic security programs take aim at wrong target

Federal investments in family economic security – including stable housing, nutritious food, affordable health care,...

September 13, 2018

More new Census data shows Minnesota’s prosperity isn’t reaching all Minnesotans

The U.S. Census released more new data today indicating that the economic recovery continues to boost Minnesotans’ i...

July 16, 2018

New U.S. House budget proposal gives peek into policymakers’ vision for the future

How do you spend your money? It’s a deeply personal question – in a world of limited resources, what you choose to buy...

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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