|By Adam Belz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The job market has shifted even further in the direction of the service economy. Construction and manufacturing employment is still well below prerecession levels, while the state has made gains in health care and professional jobs.
To some extent,
And even though the
The state's economy is growing faster than before the recession
From 2004 to 2007, the state averaged 1.7 percent growth in real gross domestic product. From 2010 to 2013, annual GDP growth has been, on average, 2.7 percent. That's thanks to notable gains since 2008 in manufacturing, real estate, finance and insurance, agriculture and forestry, and health care. Construction, transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade, and government are the only industry sectors whose output has declined since 2008.
The distribution of jobs by sector has changed
Businesses are generating professional jobs, health care has kept right on hiring, and there are more management positions in
Western part of Midwest has grown faster than the eastern part
This is thanks in large part to
Average wages in
The weekly inflation-adjusted wage for the average Minnesotan was
Job openings have nearly doubled over the past five years
And the openings offer higher median and average wages. The average pay for the more than 60,000 job openings in
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