In 2015, more Minnesotans worked in the "educational services, and health care and social assistance" industry (25%) than all others, followed by manufacturing (13%) and retail (11%).
In 2016, 14.8% of American Indian workers and 12.8% of Black workers in Minnesota were unemployed, roughly 2 to 3 times the unemployment rates for non-Hispanic White (4.1%) and Asian workers (5.6%). Additionally, 8.2% of Hispanic/Latino workers were unemployed. The overall unemployment rate for Minnesotans in 2016 was 4.8%. (Source: American Community Survey. More 2016 economic data in our Annual ACS Summary here)
In 4th quarter 2016, there was a 1-to-1 ratio between unemployed job seekers and job vacancies statewide. During the recent Great Recession, this ratio peaked at 8.2 in 4th quarter 2009. (Source: DEED Job Vacancy Survey)
Data for US, MN, and all available MN counties from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012-2016 American Community Survey:
The Economic Census provides a wealth of comprehensive information on industry revenues and other measures of American business performance that are available for small geographic areas up to the nation as a whole. The Economic Census is conducted every five years (most recently 2002, 2007, and 2012). Search for Economic Census data in American FactFinder.
Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW)
QCEW contains wages and employment data by industry at the state, regional, county and municipal levels. All establishments covered under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program are required to report wage and employment statistics quarterly to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Data are available on a quarterly and annual basis. Learn more about QCEW and use the QCEW tool to obtain data on DEED's website.