December 2018 - Minnesota Economic Trends
With Minnesota’s low unemployment rates and a labor force that’s inching along, Luke Greiner looks at automation’s role in maintaining Minnesota’s global position using the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s ‘at risk’ index of occupations.
Signs of Minnesota’s tight job market continue to pile on. In addition to the headline unemployment rate, known as the official rate or U-3, Dave Senf looks at other measures of labor underutilization to determine whether part-time workers can move from the ranks of underemployed into full-time jobs.
Elsewhere, Sanjukta Chaudhuri writes that gender and race/ethnicity-based earnings gaps persist even after accounting for field of study and choice of occupation.
Lastly, Steve Hine, director, Labor Market Information Office, assesses Minnesota’s employment conditions over the past eight years of Governor Mark Dayton’s time in office and compares them to the conditions occurring in previous administrations.
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