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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

September 2008

Reducing poverty in Minnesota

December 2007

Five-year economic recovery was a bust for Minnesota

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....

Income and Work Blog Posts

July 20, 2021

A brief rundown on the expanded Child Tax Credit

Here we break down some basic information as to who is eligible for the Child Tax Credit, how much families will receive, and how families can receive their credits.

June 29, 2021

Improved UI benefits needed for a safe, equitable recovery

Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits have been a financial lifeline for many workers and their families who lost jobs...

May 14, 2021

Driver’s licenses for all is important for building an equitable recovery

Expanding access to driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status would advance the economic success of our state....

April 22, 2021

Expanding paid leave to more workers would build an equitable recovery

As we continue to live through a global pandemic and perhaps the most unequal recession in modern history, we have...

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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