State officials are lauding Minnesota's position as fourth in the nation in a poll that reflects business attitudes and optimism about the economy and job growth.
The Brainerd Dispatch reported that Gallup’s Job Creation Index, released last week, is meant to be a measure of net hiring. The ranking is determined when pollsters ask full- and part-time working adults whether their employer is hiring new people and expanding its workforce, not changing the size of its workforce, or letting people go to cut 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. “High scores in the index strongly correlate with standard of living and confidence in the economy rankings.”
Minnesota has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 4.6 percent.
RealClearPolitics noted that the Gallup data showed that North Dakota led the country in job creation in 2013 for the fifth straight year. South Dakota and the District of Columbia followed North Dakota.
This is the second year that Minnesota has ranked in the top tier of states on the annual Job Creation Index. States that followed Minnesota in Gallup's top tier include Nebraska, Delaware, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, Wisconsin and Hawaii. Rhode Island experienced the nation's weakest level of job creation.
The data are based on more than 208,000 interviews conducted throughout 2013 and have a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.