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Data from Michigan suggests that mining doesn’t destroy leisure and hospitality jobs

A report from economists at Harvard asserts that mining in northern Minnesota will lead to losses of jobs in "recreational employment". But no support is offered for this assumption. A look at data for the Eagle Mine in Michigan's northern peninsula, suggests it might not be. ...

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Urban Minority Students Aren’t Getting the Education They Need

In 1970, Minnesota was among the states with the least income inequality. Black household median income was competitive with white households, and Hispanic incomes were nearly identical to white households. Since then, the racial wage gap has increased significantly despite remaining mostly unchanged in the rest of the country. Why are black and Hispanic families so much worse off in Minnesota? The answer is likely the result of several variables. Immigration patterns, language barriers, and skill deficiencies may all contribute to Minnesota’s growing income gap. One important factor, however, is the education system....

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Prevailing wage laws freeze less skilled workers out of labor markets, just like minimum wage laws

The employment-participation rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota fell from 69.8 percent in 2000 to 52.3 percent in 2016, a decline of 17.5 percentage points. Unemployment rates for black and Hispanic workers in Minnesota continue to be above those for whites. To a large extent, these are the results of policy decisions, such as prevailing and minimum wage laws. Politicians should stop scratching their heads wondering where these problems come from, and act to solve them. ...

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Teens need foundation formed from entry-level, summer jobs

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the employment-participation rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota fell from 69.8 percent in 2000 to 52.3 percent in 2016, a decline of 17.5 percentage points. Over the same period, the participation rate for all workers over 16 fell by just 3.9 percentage points, from 75.1 percent to 71.2 percent. Improving Minnesota's poor recent record on youth employment — a nationwide phenomenon — would have real benefits. It would help alleviate the "labor shortage," and it would enable the workers of tomorrow to begin acquiring the skills they need....

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Minnesota needs to improve its poor recent record on youth employment

The participation rate for 16 to 19 year olds in Minnesota has fallen from 69.8% in 2000 to 52.3% in 2016, a fall of 17.5 percentage points. Improving this recent record on youth employment-which is a nationwide phenomenon-would have real benefits. It would help alleviate the 'labor shortage' and it would enable the workers of tomorrow begin acquiring the skills they need. ...

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New employment data shows that Minnesota has the second highest unemployment rate in the region

Today sees the release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of its estimates of Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment. These can be a useful way to compare economic performance. Minnesota’s economy differs from those of neighbors such as Iowa and North Dakota, even Wisconsin. As a result, comparisons of state level data are of limited use. This variation, while still present, is a little less pronounced between urban areas. So what did the BLS data show?...

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