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December 2015

This issue of Minnesota Economic Trends focuses on racial and economic disparities in Minnesota. While the state economy has made a strong comeback from the recession – and by many measures now ranks among the best in the country – not all racial and ethnic groups in Minnesota have shared in the recovery.

Articles by DEED analysts in this issue document the disparities, while guest columnists offer their ideas for how we can break down the educational and employment barriers that are preventing some groups from moving ahead.

Closing the racial gap is not only the right thing to do, it is the necessary thing to do if we’re to provide our economy and businesses with the workforce necessary for success.

Download the full pdf file or select the links below to view individual stories.

Letter From the Editor

We chose to focus on a single topic in this issue of Trends for an important reason. Racial disparities in the workforce are a critical challenge that will affect all Minnesotans and the economy.

Eliminating Racial Disparities is Crucial to Our Success

Despite long-standing awareness that our populations of color generally, and our black community in particular, have failed to benefit fully by an improving economy, these disparities persist and by many measures have worsened.

Populations of Color Essential to State's Long Term Success

Declining growth in the labor force means we cannot afford to waste any human capital among our current and up-and-coming workers.

Stuck in Neutral

Wage and employment disparities for minority workers have changed little over the last two decades.

Diversity in Greater Minnesota

The number of jobs held by minority workers in Greater Minnesota has more than doubled over the past two decades.

Workforce Diversity by Industry

People of color held 11.3 percent of the jobs in Minnesota in 2014, concentrated in administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and accommodation and food services.

Minority Owned Firms in Minnesota

Minority-owned firms grew by 53.1 percent in Minnesota between 2007 and 2012, with revenue up 57.9 percent over that period.

Racial Disparities in Wage and Employment After Graduation

Getting a post-secondary degree helps people find better-paying jobs, but race and gender are factors in how much they earn.

Relative Incomes of Blacks in Minnesota

Black-white disparity in household incomes in Minnesota is widening and necessitates a policy response.

Time is of the Essence for American Indians

The state of Minnesota cannot afford to wait any longer to respond to the educational and employment needs of the American Indian community.

Eliminating Economic Disparities in Minnesota

Minnesota is facing a demographic squeeze as baby boomers retire and a smaller group enters, composed of a much higher share of people of color than in the past.

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