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September 2017 - Minnesota Economic Trends

The cover story by Alessia Leibert and Teri Fritsma in this issue of Trends investigates the shortage of mental health workers in Minnesota, looking at the state’s educational pipeline for professionals in the field, potential policy implications and more.

Other stories explore the gender wage gap in 20 major industries in Minnesota, examine the state’s per capita income, and look at millennials – Minnesota’s largest workforce demographic – and the types of fields they are entering.

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

Letter from the Editor

The shortage of counselors and other mental health professionals in Minnesota has been the subject of much debate in recent years, with a report to the Legislature in 2015 calling the problem critical, especially in Greater Minnesota.>

Filling the Mental Health Pipeline

Minnesota is struggling to meet growing demand for mental health workers, particularly in rural parts of the state.

Top Jobs for Millennials in Minnesota

Millennials account for 36 percent of the labor force in Minnesota, eclipsing both baby boomers and Generation X.

The Gender Wage Gap

Full-time female workers in Minnesota earn less than their male counterparts in all 20 industries that were examined.

A Look at Minnesota Income

Minnesotans enjoy per capita income that is 13.3 percent higher than the national average. This article breaks down the sources of that income.

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