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Should we worry about a ‘labor shortage’ or rising unemployment in Minnesota?

Over the last year Minnesota has added more people but fewer jobs that the nation as a whole. The number of Minnesotans not working - either unemployed or out of the labor force entirely - has risen, while it has fallen nationally. Perhaps it is time to refocus our attention away from the supposed 'labor shortage' and towards our growing unemployment problem. ...

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Minnesota has the fourth most expensive childcare in the country. Is this lowering female employment?

A new study finds that Minnesota ranks 4th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for most expensive infant care. Child care expenses are a real problem for families and even moderate earners in our state. It is highly likely that they account for some of our state's lagging performance on female employment....

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Minnesota – Above average for population growth, below average for employment growth, top for unemployment growth

In the year from June 2018 to June 2019, Minnesota ranked 17th nationally for population growth, 34th nationally for employment growth, and 1st nationally both for the increase in the number of unemployed and the percentage point rise in our unemployment rate. ...

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