December 2016-Minnesota Economic Trends
The cover story in this issue of Minnesota Economic Trends looks at employment in the construction industry. After losing nearly 38,000 jobs during the recession, the Minnesota construction sector is growing again and struggling, in some cases, to find workers. People of color and women might hold the key to helping the industry fill open positions.
Two other stories focus on people with disabilities. One story documents how people with disabilities trail the overall population in virtually every measure of the labor market, from the unemployment rate to labor force participation. A second story examines the state’s new Connect 700 program, which aims to increase the number of people with disabilities in the state government workforce.
Also in this issue, we examine how many occupations in Minnesota require more than a high school education and look at the growing demand for home health aides and personal care aides.
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