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Minnesota ranks fourth in Gallup Job Creation Index

Minnesota ranked fourth among states last year in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces, according to a new study released by the Gallup organization this week.

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Gallup’s Job Creation Index is a measure of net hiring, determined by asking full- and part-time U.S. workers, aged 18 or older, whether their employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce, not changing the size of its workforce, or letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce.

“The Gallup Job Creation Index results are another positive indication of a strong economy in Minnesota,” said Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “High scores in the index strongly correlate with standard of living and confidence in the economy rankings.”

Minnesota, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 4.6 percent, created nearly 46,000 jobs in the past year. A separate study by the Bureau of Economic Analysis last year ranked the state fifth in growth of gross domestic product in 2012.

This is only the second year Minnesota has ranked in the top tier of states on the annual Job Creation Index, with 28 points. It came in behind North Dakota, 40; the District of Columbia and South Dakota, 30; and Nebraska and Delaware, 29.

Other states finishing in the top tier of the Gallup Job Creation Index were Texas, 27; Michigan and Iowa, 25; and Arizona, Wisconsin and Hawaii, 23.

DEED recently released findings of a survey done with the Federal Reserve Bank that showed 91 percent of Minnesota manufacturers responding expect production and employment levels to increase or stay the same in 2014.