March 2017- Minnesota Economic Trends
Minnesota’s annual unemployment rate was below 4 percent in both 2015 and 2016, according to Dave Senf’s story in this issue of Trends. That is noteworthy because Minnesota has seen only four periods in the last 70 years when unemployment finished below 4 percent in successive years, with the longest unbroken string occurring from 1995 to 2001.
Alessia Leibert’s cover story in this issue looks at “stackable credentials” and examines, among other things, whether they lead to better employment outcomes. Depending on the field and job opportunities that are available, multiple post-secondary credentials can be a worthwhile investment.
Elsewhere, Ellen Bendewald and Scott Godfrey write about DEED’s first-of-its-kind look at workplace diversity in Minnesota. Chloe Campbell examines the growing home-based care industry, while Carrie Fink writes about the new Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative.
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