February 2013 - Minnesota Employment Review

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Using Unemployment Rates to Predict Post-Secondary Enrollment

To what extent can new enrollments in post-secondary institutions be predicted by looking at area unemployment rates? 


Regional Spotlight - Mankato on the Rise

Mankato has all the challenges and opportunities of a young MSA with a history of low unemployment and access to a diverse and highly flexible labor force.

Fun with Statistics

Transportation in Minnesota is the critical infrastructure of our economy. Not only does it give large companies an incentive to locate here, it's also a substantial source of jobs.

Industrial Analysis

Following December’s job gains of 5,800 (0.2 percent), January employment climbed 12,100 (0.4 percent) for the month. This is the sixth consecutive growth month, but gains continue to be tepid.

Regional Analysis

January employment in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA declined 1.8 percent (32,305) over the month and increased 2.0 percent (33,893) over the year. 

Minnesota Economic Indicators

The Minnesota Index advanced for the third straight month in January, repeating the 0.3 percent increase posted in each of the previous two months. 

U.S. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)

On a seasonally adjusted basis the January CPI-U for all items was unchanged over the month. The index increased 1.6 percent from January 2012, not seasonally adjusted. 

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics or LAUS tool provides labor force, employment and unemployment estimates.

Current Monthly Employment (CES)

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) Program, a monthly survey of 5,900 nonfarm employers, provides monthly data on employment by industry. The data offers a snapshot of the health of the economy.