This edition of Minnesota Economic Trends is the annual state-of-the-state issue, featuring a look at the state economy and where it’s headed. While the recovery has been uneven, Minnesota is making progress in several key areas, including steady job growth and improving construction and housing markets. That pattern is expected to continue through at least the end of the year.
Other stories in this issue focus on the six major planning regions of the state, including an examination of what happened to metro workers who lost their jobs when the Ford assembly plant closed in St. Paul. Our writers looked at the impact of high commodity prices on farmland values in southwestern Minnesota, analyzed how the $5 billion Mayo project will affect job growth in southeastern Minnesota, reviewed how central Minnesota has fared since the recession, examined the resurgence of manufacturing in northwestern Minnesota, and looked at the leisure and hospitality sector in northeastern Minnesota. The second round of the agency’s Hiring Difficulties Survey is also covered.