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Labor Market: Our Unrivaled Workforce is Our Competitive Advantage

With our labor pool of 3 million people, Minnesota can deliver an educated, skilled workforce at a competitive cost.


How We Rank

  • Minnesota ranked as the sixth best state for jobs, according to a 2017 report by WalletHub. WalletHub analyzed all 50 states, taking into account 24 metrics, such as job-market strength, economic vitality and opportunity.

  • Minnesota’s hard-working population is reflected in the second highest total labor force participation rate nationwide, 70.5 percent. The state’s labor force surpasses the national average by nearly 8 percentage points (62.7 percent).

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked as the top metro for job seekers in 2017, up seven spots since last year, according to Zip Recruiter. Overall, the Greater Metropolitan Area supports almost 2 million jobs, with median earnings of $20.19/ hr. Employment in the area grew 8.6 percent between 2011 and 2016.

  • Between 2011 and 2016, jobs in these areas grew 9 percent overall. Between 2017 and 2022, growth is projected to continue at a rate of about 4 percent.


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