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Annual Summary

The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) is the nation's most comprehensive survey. It provides a multitude of statistics that measure the social, economic and housing conditions of U.S. communities, including data on employment, income, poverty, and health insurance. Our office analyzes the ACS each year to identify key trends for the state of Minnesota. Click below for an annual statewide summary based on the year of the data associated with the ACS release.  

2013 Findings

Overall unemployment for Minnesota's workers in 2013 was 5.4%, the lowest rate reported in the past five years. Minnesota's median (midpoint) household income in 2013 was about $60,700, more than $8,000 greater than the U.S. as a whole. Minnesota's overall poverty rate was 11.2% in 2013, statistically unchanged from the prior year. 

2014 Findings

Minnesotans were more likely to have a job and health insurance--two essential elements of economic security--in 2014 than 2013. Minnesota's uninsured rate fell sharply from 8.2% to 5.9% between 2013 and 2014, with an additional 123,000 more Minnesotans holding health insurance in the most recent year of data.

2015 Findings

Five years after unemployment peaked in Minnesota during the Great Recession, many Minnesotans found firmer economic footing in 2015. Overall, Minnesotans ages 16-64 were more likely be working, working full-time, and earning higher wages and salaries in 2015 than in 2014.

2016 Findings

Minnesota’s median household income grew at a moderate pace in 2016.  Between 2015 and 2016, median household income grew by $1,300, continuing its upward climb since the decade began. The new numbers also indicate that there has been some improvement in economic conditions for Minnesota’s communities of color.

2017 Findings

Minnesota’s median household income rose in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017 Minnesota’s median household income increased $1,400 in real terms to $68,400, up from $67,000 the prior year. This figure continues the now six-year climb to the highest median household income reported in over a decade for the state.

2018 Findings

Minnesotans saw continued gains in full-time work in 2018. Overall, the number of part-time workers declined by 88,900 between 2010 and 2018, and the number of Minnesotans holding full-time jobs grew by 296,900. The percentage of Minnesota workers holding full-time, year-round jobs increased to 64%, up from 59% in 2010.

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