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County Workforce Flow Patterns in Minnesota: Where Do Workers Go to Work?

Davis, Elizabeth E. and Melissa K. Whitler.

Abstract: Understanding the spatial linkages between home and work is critical for economic-development policy and transportation planning, as well as for other local and state government decisions. This research project explored where people live and work in Minnesota to determine whether workers in different earnings groups exhibit similar patterns in “workforce flows” across county lines. We examined the size of workforce flows from each Minnesota county, as well as determined whether workers in different earnings groups went to the same or different destination counties to work. Across the state, workers in the high-earnings category were more likely to work in a different county from where they live than workers with lower earnings. In addition, workers who lived outside of major metropolitan areas relied on a more varied set of county locations outside their home county for employment than did metropolitan residents. In some but not all counties, the work destinations of nonmetropolitan commuters differed for low- and high-earners. This study demonstrates that specific information on the work destinations of Minnesotans in different earnings groups can assist planners and policy makers in making investment decisions regarding transportation, housing, and economic-development programs. The research upon which this article is based was supported by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program. Data for size and location of the five largest employment linkages by earnings group are available online.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based was supported by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program.
43 (1): 20-27
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Reporter 43 (1)