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Minnesota’s labor force is undergoing a major shift. With baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) retiring from the workforce, millennials (those born between 1981 and 1999) are replacing them.
In fact, millennials are now the largest generation in the state workforce, accounting for 36 percent of all jobs in Minnesota. Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1980) account for 33 percent of the workforce, while baby boomer workers comprise 30 percent of the workers.
Despite popularly held stereotypes, millennials are proving themselves to be dedicated employees in every industry.
Some industries attract more millennials than others, however. Industries with the most millennials in Minnesota are accommodation and food services; retail trade; arts, entertainment and recreation; administrative and support services; and health care and social assistance.
Manufacturing and construction, on the other hand, are often overlooked by millennials, even though those sectors are major industries in Minnesota.