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March 2016 - Minnesota Economic Trends

The cover story in this issue of Minnesota Economic Trends focuses on careers in supply chain management. The role of supply chain management has taken on new prominence because of the increasing emphasis on providing on-demand goods and services.

Other stories look at the high concentration of Fortune 500 companies in Minnesota and what that means in terms of employment and wages, the increasing number of people who have left the Minnesota workforce in recent years, employment among people with disabilities, expanded data in DEED’s Graduate Employment Outcomes tool, and Minnesota’s growing immigrant population.

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

Letter From the Editor

Much has been written about the tightening labor market and what that might mean for the economy in coming years. The aging population is a part of that trend, but other factors are at play as well.

Keeping the Supply Chain Moving

Supply chain management offers plenty of career opportunities for people with the right skills.

Corporate Bragging Rights

The significance of Minnesota’s high concentration of Fortune 500 companies is backed up by employment and wage numbers.

Workforce Dropouts

Minnesotans increasingly are choosing not to participate in the state’s workforce. The question is why and how can we get some of them back?

Bridging the Disabilities Gap

Both nationally and in Minnesota, people with disabilities are much more likely to be unemployed than people without disabilities and more likely to be living in poverty.

Choosing the Right School and Major

DEED’s Graduate Employment Outcomes tool provides data on jobs and earnings outcomes for students who attended 128 post-secondary schools in Minnesota.

Minnesota and Immigration

Minnesota historically has been less diverse than most other states, but that is beginning to change because of immigration.

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