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Minnesota Economic Trends

Covers of TRENDS magazineMinnesota Economic Trends is our quarterly magazine that provides expert analysis of the state's labor market, industries and economy.

Produced by our Labor Market Information Office, the magazine features articles on workforce, demographic, and economic trends written by our labor market analysts and guest columnists.

View previous editions of Minnesota Economic Trends, dating back to 1993.

December 2018

This issue of Trends features a story on the impact of automation on Minnesota's labor market.

September 2018

This issue of Trends includes a cover story about careers at medical and diagnostic laboratories. 

June 2018

Our annual state-of-the-state issue of Trends provides an overview of the Minnesota economy and takes a close look at each of the state’s six major regions. 

March 2018

The cover story in this issue of Trends looks at the value of a postsecondary education in terms of earnings and examines how factors such as gender, age and race affect who is likely to earn a degree. Choice of major and the financial impact of dropping out of school early also are analyzed.

December 2017

This issue of Trends includes a cover story by Steve Hine and Cameron Macht about the growing number of immigrants in the Minnesota workforce. With the labor market tightening as baby boomers retire, foreign-born workers are becoming increasingly crucial in helping employers fill openings.

September 2017

The cover story in this issue of Trends investigates the shortage of mental health workers in Minnesota, looking at the state’s educational pipeline for professionals in the field, potential policy implications and more.

June 2017

Our annual state-of-the-state issue of Trends provides an overview of the state economy and examines how Minnesota’s six major regions are doing midway through 2017

March 2017

The cover story in this issue looks at “stackable credentials” and whether they lead to better employment and wage outcomes.

December 2016

The cover story in this issue of Minnesota Economic Trends looks at employment in the construction industry.

September 2016

This issue’s cover story focuses on the rising cost of higher education and whether continuing an education after high school pays off in the long run.

June 2016

Our annual state-of-the state issue that contains a series of articles reviewing Minnesota’s recent labor market performance

March 2016

The cover story in this issue of Minnesota Economic Trends focuses on careers in supply chain management. 

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