Incomes rise in Minnesota

MinnPost photo by Corey Anderson

Better late than never? MPR’s Jon Collins has the news from today’s public release of the 2015 American Community Survey: “Wages across Minnesota are finally showing signs of recovering from the Great Recession. Census data released Thursday show increases in median household income last year across most demographic groups, although racial disparities in the state persist. … Median income for all Minnesotans increased by about $2,000 between 2014 and 2015, when it rose to an estimated $63,488. The state median household income for 2015 is almost 14 percent higher than the national rate. …  ‘It has been a slow recovery in terms of incomes, so that makes this release what we’ve been waiting for for some time, to see some of those incomes begin to rise,’ [Minnesota state demographer Susan] Brower said.”

But employment was down last month. The Department of Employment and Economic Development has the details: “Employment in Minnesota fell by 1,500 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). … The following industries lost jobs in August: construction (down 1,900), other services (down 1,100), manufacturing (down 1,000), financial activities (down 700), leisure and hospitality (down 700), and professional and business services (down 200). ”

Also in #data:

Even when your nurses are striking, you still need nurses. The Pioneer Press’ Tory Cooney explains “The money and logistics behind replacing striking nurses” in the Allina strike: “The replacement nurses traveled from across the country to fill in at United Hospital in St. Paul, Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, Unity in Fridley and Mercy in Coon Rapids, plus the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis. … Two primary staffing agencies, Huffmaster and HealthSource Global Staffing, offered to pay the replacements $70.50 to $75 per hour to work at the striking hospitals, according to their websites. According to advertisements posted by Huffmaster and Healthsource, the agencies also will pay for the nurses’ accommodations and travel expenses.”

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