Economic Outlook

In many cases, the data you need to support your market research process has already been collected for you and is published online for free. Below are several sites that provide this statistical information for you, such as population, occupational, demographic trends, etc.. While some of these websites refer specifically to certain states or types of data, others cover topics that are nationwide. As you review the data, ask yourself: “Do the goals of my program or course idea match published projections?”

  United States Department of Labor 

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The mission of the United States Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights (http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/mission.htm).

  FedStats

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FedStats, which has been available to the public since 1997, provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which Federal agency produces which particular statistic. With convenient searching and linking capablilties to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more, FedStats is your one location for access to the full breadth of Federal statistical information (http://www.fedstats.gov/aboutfedstats.html).

  United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant (http://www.bls.gov/bls/infohome.htm). The BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook is a career guide that provides an overview of the nature of work, training, employment, job outlook, etc., for specific key industries. This career guide also includes a section that can link you to information pertaining to a specific state.

  Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce

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The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Center) is an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute that studies the link between education, career qualifications, and workforce demands. Specifically, the Center conducts research, engagement, and outreach to policymakers and practitioners (http://cew.georgetown.edu/about/about/). Among other things on this website, you might find the videos, publications, and presentations especially useful during your market research process.

  United States Census Bureau

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The United States Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy (http://www.census.gov/aboutus/#).

  Projections Central – State Occupational Projections

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Information within Projections Central allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among states. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one state (http://www.projectionscentral.com/).

  Positively Minnesota – Department of Employment and Economic Development

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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development (http://www.positivelyminnesota.com/About_Us/Who_We_Are_What_We_Do/index.aspx). It provides unemployment data for Minnesota,reports on in-demand jobs, etc.

  Governor’s Workforce Development Council

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The Governor’s Workforce Development Council works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota’s greatest asset — its workforce. The GWDC recommends policy innovations that result in benefits for workers and business.  The Council ensures employers play an active role in improving education and training programs, and provides a venue for the workforce stakeholders to build a shared vision and strategic alliance (http://www.gwdc.org/docs/GWDCOnePager.pdf).

  Admin Minnesota: Department of Administration

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The Department of Administration (Admin) provides a broad range of business management, administrative and professional services and a variety of resources to state agencies, local governments and to the public (http://www.admin.state.mn.us/admin.html).

  Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. – Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development

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Greater Mankato Growth is the area’s integrated chamber of commerce and economic development organization that provides area statistics as well as supports and promotes the economic growth and vitality of members and the regional marketplace (http://www.greatermankato.com/gmg-aboutus.php).

  Skills@Work – Minnesotans Working Together to Close the Skills Gap

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Skills@Work is a statewide campaign to close Minnesota’s growing skills gap. The campaign has three broad goals: to raise awareness about the urgency of Minnesota’s skills gap and create a unified voice to call for closing the gap; to connect and assist regional partners – including business, educators, workforce development professionals, and philanthropic & community-based organizations – in improving and aligning education and training to meet regional needs; and to develop and promote a state policy platform that closes the skills gap (http://www.skillsatwork.org/about.html).

  Center for Rural Policy and Development

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The Center for Rural Policy and Development produces research on rural issues in four primary areas: Technology, Economic Development, Demography and Education. Select a section to browse the compendium of reports. All reports are in pdf format for easy downloading and printing (http://www.mnsu.edu/ruralmn/research.php).

  Greater Twin Cities United Way

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Learn the latest facts and figures that support United Way’s measurable goals, get the most current economic trends, see news and research from United Way, find out how United Way is supporting your county, and read up on current news and research from local and national sources (https://www.unitedwaytwincities.org/research__data/).

   National Governors Association

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Through NGA, governors identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels (http://www.nga.org/cms/about).

State Demographers Outlook

Education Trust – College Results Online

Educational Trends [checking with becky]