Performance Measures

DEED measures the performance of all the programs it funds or provides. This report card shows activities and employment outcomes for select workforce development programs by education level, race, ethnicity, gender, and geography.

Uniform Report Card

Use the drop-down boxes below to see data for specific workforce development programs, participant characteristics and fiscal years. Keep in mind that fiscal year 2016 runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

You can also download the entire data set in spreadsheet form.

Last data update: November 16, 2015.

Workforce Development Programs:

Participant Characteristics:

Fiscal Years:

Program Enrollment & Enrollment in Training

Program Enrollment includes all participants served at any point in the chosen time frame, including those first enrolled prior to the chosen time frame. Enrollment in Training includes participants who engaged in training through the program; see more about what training is included in our definition in the Methodology tab.

Number of Participants Enrolled in Training, by Occupation

We know the occupations associated with about 40 percent of training programs; these tend to be the training programs geared toward a specific career rather than those applicable to multiple careers (think Certified Nursing Assistant training versus computer proficiency training). Even where the training is too broad to tie to a specific career, it is always tied to the customer's employment goal. See more detail about occupations in the Methodology tab.

The top occupations participants are receiving training in are:

  • Construction & maintenance: carpenter and maintenance worker
  • Management & professional: registered nurse, business operations specialist, and IT support specialist
  • Production & transportation: truck driver and machinist
  • Sales & office: customer service representative and receptionist
  • Service: nursing assistant and medical assistant

Pre-enrollment: Median Earnings of Employed Participants

Pre-enrollment: Number of Unemployed Participants

Pre-enrollment earnings are drawn from the second, third, fourth, and fifth quarters prior to program enrollment. The median earning excludes those with no earnings. The number of unemployed participants includes all participants with no earnings in the second, third, fourth, and fifth quarters prior to enrollment, regardless of whether they are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

Number Exited, Number Completed Training, & Number Attained a Credential

Number exited includes all participants who exited in the chosen time frame. Program exit occurs when the participant no longer receives intensive employment or training support from the program. Participants who complete training may or may not have also attained a credential; likewise, a participant who attained a credential may or may not have engaged in training. See more about our training and credential definitions in the Methodology tab.

Average Enrollment Duration, in Months

Average enrollment duration excludes participants still enrolled in the program.

Number Consistently Employed After Program Participation, by Training Completion

Note: employment outcomes are not yet available for fiscal year 2015.

Consistent employment means the participant showed earnings in the first, second, and third quarters after exit. Participants who did not successfully complete training may have dropped out of training or may have never engaged in training through the program.

Number Consistently Employed After Program Participation, by Industry

Note: employment outcomes are not yet available for fiscal year 2015.

Consistent employment means the participant showed earnings in the first, second, and third quarters after exit. See more about our definition of industries in the Methodology tab.

Median Nine-Month Earnings After Program Participation, by Training Completion

Note: employment outcomes are not yet available for fiscal year 2015.

We calculate median earnings only among participants who are consistently employed in the first, second, and third quarters after exit. Participants who did not successfully complete training may have dropped out of training or may have never engaged in training through the program.

Program Descriptions

Adult Workforce Development Program

First authorized during the 2011 legislative session, the Adult Workforce Development program provides employment and training assistance to various target populations with barriers to employment. See a list of past and current grant recipients and the pilot program report. See more on the Adult Workforce Development Program.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

Customized Manufacturing Training Program

First authorized during the 2013 legislative session, the Customized Manufacturing Training program provides customized training for skilled manufacturing occupations. Jointly administered by DEED and the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), training and employer coordination is provided by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system partners Alexandria Technical College, Century College, Hennepin Technical College, and Central Lakes College. See more on the Customized Manufacturing Training Program.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

FastTRAC Program

Minnesota Fast Training, Resources, and Credentialing (FastTRAC) is a career pathways program targeting low-income adults. Participants engage in basic skills education and career-specific training in fields where new skills are in high demand by businesses. FastTRAC is a partnership between DEED, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU), and Adult Basic Education at Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). See more on FastTRAC.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.

Low-Income Worker Training Program

The Low-Income Worker Training Program helps workers whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines gain new skills necessary to move up the career ladder to higher paying jobs and greater economic self-sufficiency. The program provides grants of up to $200,000 to Minnesota public, private, or nonprofit entities that provide employment services to low-income individuals. The goal of MJSP is to target short-term training for full-time employment in the growth sectors of the state's economy. See more on the Low-Income Worker Training Program.

For more information, email Jodie Greising.

Opportunities Industrialization Centers

During the 2013 and 2015 legislative sessions, the Legislature appropriated funds to the Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OICs) for program and operating costs. Within a national network, four independent, nonprofit OICs currently operate in Minnesota: the American Indian OIC, the Latino Academy TTOIC, the Northwest Indian OIC, and the Summit Academy OIC. Each provides employment and training programs to disadvantaged and at-risk populations. See more on OICs.

For more information, email Anthony Alongi.

Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program

The Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program offers employment and training assistance to workers laid off through no fault of their own. The program closely mirrors the federal Dislocated Worker program, which in 2014 was reauthorized by Congress in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Although the state and federal programs have different governing boards and different funding sources, they operate as a seamless program. See more on the State Dislocated Worker Program.

For more information, email Anthony Alongi.

Twin Cities RISE!

During the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions, the Legislature provided funding for programs and operating costs at Twin Cities RISE! The organization is an independent nonprofit that offers a comprehensive work skills training program for low-income adults in the Twin Cities metro area. See more about Twin Cities RISE!

For more information, email Anthony Alongi.

Women and Nontraditional Jobs Program

During the 2014 legislative session, the Legislature passed the Women’s Economic Security Act which created the Women and High-Wage, High-Demand, Nontraditional Jobs Grant Program. The goals of the grant program are to close the gender pay gap and to encourage women to enter nontraditional fields, such as STEM or construction.

For more information, email Nola Speiser.


This report card shows program activities and employment outcomes by program and by education level, race and ethnicity, gender, and geography. It includes participants enrolled as of July 1, 2013 in select workforce development programs.

Data Sources

Program data comes from DEED's case management system known as Workforce One. Key data elements are participant Social Security numbers, demographics, and program activities.

Employment data comes from DEED's Unemployment Insurance Wage Detail. Key data elements are employee Social Security numbers and quarterly wages and employers' industries.

Disclosure Notes

DEED's data on employment and workforce development participation is private data protected under state law. Because of this, we cannot show figures representing fewer than 10 people.

Legislative Mandate

This report card fulfills Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 116L.98 (as amended by Chapter 312, Article 3, Section 7). We will update the report card quarterly to include more participants and more employment outcomes.

For More Information

Contact Rachel Vilsack, Agency Performance Manager.


We include participants enrolled in the following programs as of July 1, 2013, which is the start of fiscal year 2014:

  • Minnesota Dislocated Worker
  • FastTRAC Program
  • Adult Workforce Development Program
  • Customized Manufacturing Training Program
  • Low-Income Worker Training Program
  • Women and Nontraditional Jobs Program
  • Minnesota's Opportunities Industrialization Centers
  • Twin Cities RISE!

Participants who enrolled in the programs prior to July 1, 2013 are included in the data as long as they were still enrolled on July 1, 2013.

Key Definitions

  • Education refers to the highest level of education that the participant had completed at the time of program enrollment. Participants who have "some college" may have earned college credits toward a college degree, or they may have obtained a technical or occupational certificate after graduating from high school. Participants who have a "college degree" have an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree.
  • Ethnicity refers to whether the participant self-identifies as Hispanic or Latino.
  • Race refers to whether the participant self-identifies as American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black or African American, White, or multiracial. "All people of color" includes all races except White.
  • Gender refers to whether the participant identifies as male or female.
  • Geography refers to the region where the participant lives.
  • The Twin Cities area refers to the seven-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties).
  • Greater Minnesota refers to all other counties.

Training Reflected in This Report Card

The kinds of training that participants receive in these programs include:

  • Classroom training toward a degree or certificate
  • Entrepreneurial training to start a business
  • On-the-job training, internships, apprenticeships, or other customized training to gain experience in a structured work environment
  • GED, remedial, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), or basic computer classes to provide a foundation for further learning
  • Work readiness and basic skills training to prepare for job search and employment

We group occupational training into five main categories:

  • Management and professional occupations, including business, financial, engineering, legal, education, media, and healthcare practitioners
  • Service occupations, including healthcare support, protective services, food preparation, building maintenance, and personal care
  • Sales and office occupations
  • Construction and maintenance occupations, including those in natural resources
  • Production and transportation occupations, including those in material moving

Credentials Reflected in This Report Card

We include any credential beyond a high school diploma attained by the participant while enrolled in these programs. These credentials include college degrees, occupational licenses (such as truck-driving or nursing licenses), and other industry-recognized certificates (such as a certificate of completion for a specialized software course or for an apprenticeship).

A participant who successfully completes a training program may or may not have earned a credential. For example, on-the-job training rarely results in any recognized credential. In addition, GED training does not result in a post-secondary credential as outlined in this legislation.

A participant may have earned a post-secondary credential without engaging in the training listed above. This is because the program may pay an exam fee or for test preparation books without paying for a full training course. We would include any eligible credential earned as a result of the exam.

Participant Employment and Industry

To determine a program participant's employment and industry, we match them to their employment record in Unemployment Insurance's Wage Detail, which covers about 97 percent of Minnesota wage and salary employment. Participants may have more than one job per quarter. We report their total wages across all employers, and we report the industry associated with the employer from which they earned the most wages in the quarter after program completion.

We group industries into nine major sectors:

  • Natural Resources and Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Information and Financial Services
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Education and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality Services
  • Public Administration or Other Services

Workers and jobs excluded from wage detail include proprietors and the self-employed, railroad workers, family farm workers, full-time students working for their school, elected government officials, insurance and real estate salespeople, and others who work only on commission. Wages from jobs outside of Minnesota are also not included.

Older Reports


DEED's reports on program accountability measures allow comparison across agency programs and help programs to focus on results and to answer the following questions:

  • What is the program's purpose?
  • What are the program's resources?
  • Who does the program serve?
  • What does the program do?
  • What are the results?

See Previous Program Accountability Measures Reports

Select the links below to view or download previous reports.