By the Numbers
By Carson Gorecki
4.5%: The increase in the share of workers 19 and under between Q2 2019 and Q2 2021. The 19 and under workforce saw the largest increase over this period. While still under 7%, the share of jobs held by the youngest workers ticked up 0.3 percentage points.
5.9%: The percent increase in the number of Minnesota jobs held by workers aged 14-18 between Q3 2019 and Q3 2021. This age group was the only to see an increase over this time period. This percentage increase equaled an addition of 6,511 jobs.
5,617: The number of jobs held by 14-18 year olds added to the Retail Trade sector between 2019 and 2021. The sectors with the next largest teenage employment growth were Health Care and Social Assistance (2,051) and Accommodation and Food Services (1,764). Combined, these three sectors accounted for 86% of the gross jobs added over two years.
15,362: The number of jobs lost between Q3 2019 and Q3 2021 in the Accommodation and Food Services sector held by 25-34 year olds.
14 of 20: As a result of pandemic-related employment trends, 14-18 year olds had a larger share of employment in 14 of 20 sectors. Workers 65 years or older saw their employment shares increase in 17 t of 20 sectors. Despite these changes, the 14-18 age group accounted for 4.2% of total employment, and 65+ workers filled 6.1% of all jobs.
28%: The percentage increase of average annual earnings for 14-18 year olds in Minnesota from Q2 2019 to Q2 2021. By comparison, average monthly earnings for all workers rose 14%. Despite this increase, the youngest workers still earn about 15% of the average for all workers.