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Minneapolis primarily draws workers from outstate Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Chicago

  • ​LinkedIn recently analyzed its own user data to determine where regional workers are moving to and from. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro consistently experiences net positive migration, largely comprised of highly educated workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. It’s no surprise that many people moving to the Twin Cities for a job are departing from smaller metros in surrounding states. In this case, Minneapolis’ geographic remoteness is an asset as its workforce is less likely to be siphoned into neighboring markets.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul gained the most workers in the last 12 months from St. Cloud, Duluth, and Des Moines. That means that for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 3.43 workers moved to the city in the last year from St. Cloud.
  • The Twin Cities have the most gross migration (gains and losses) with Chicago. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Minneapolis-St. Paul, 21.13 workers either moved to or from Chicago in the last year. This churn of talent is expected, considering the two metros have the largest metro GDPs in the Midwest and a similar industry mix.​

Source: JLL Research, LinkedIn Workforce Report 2017

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