Wages are the focus of three stories in this issue of Trends. Mustapha Hammida examines how wages for Minnesotans who left their jobs and found new jobs during the recession compare with the wages of people who left jobs and found new work after the recession. In another story, John Clay looks at DEED's new Cost of Living tool and explains how it can help business owners decide how much to pay employees and help workers decide whether their pay is enough to meet basic living expenses. Our intern, Kaite DeMartelaere, examines barriers that low-wage workers face in finding and keeping employment.
Ellen Bendewald looks at a feature on DEED's MinnesotaWorks.net job bank that enables employers to designate job openings as "military-friendly." Finally, Dave Senf writes about some of the gaps in data that make it difficult to grasp the size of the freelance or "solopreneur" economy in Minnesota.
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