Strong performance outside the Twin Cities area has played a large role in Minnesota's employment growth in the 1990s, a Minnesota Planning Population Note shows. More than half the state's job growth between 1988 and 1993 occurred outside the seven-county Twin Cities region, a sharp change from previous trends.
Minnesota's rate of job growth has equaled or surpassed the national average for the past quarter of a century, figures indicate. During the recent recession the state continued to gain jobs, though at a slow rate, while jobs declined nationally. As a result, from 1988 to 1994 Minnesota employment went up 13 percent; the national average was 8 percent.
"The fact that Minnesota's economy continues to outperform the nation is great news," Governor Arne H. Carlson said. "However we must ensure that this prosperity continues by adequately preparing today's youth to become tomorrow's workforce. That is why I will continue to work on increasing technology in the schools and ensuring that every child has a shot at success."
The job growth in recent years has occurred throughout the Midwest, and many midwestern states have posted gains in manufacturing employment at the same time national manufacturing employment has been on the decline. Manufacturing employment grew 39 perce nt in South Dakota, 30 percent in North Dakota and 7 percent in Minnesota. The United States as a whole experienced a drop of 5 percent in manufacturing jobs.
"Employment gains in the Twin Cities continue to be substantial, but other regions have done even better," said State Demographer Tom Gillaspy. He attributed the gains in other regions to a variety of industries, including manufacturing, gambling and other service industries, and retailing.
Service industries accounted for about half of the new jobs added in Minnesota. Among the big gainers were business services, including computer-related fields and temporary help agencies. Amusement and recreation services, including casinos, posted a st rong 65 percent job increase between 1988 and 1994.