Economic outlook brightens in rural Minnesota, a little
The economic outlook in rural Minnesota has brightened in recent years, though nearly half of residents outside the Twin Cities don't believe there are enough jobs in their communities paying a wage that can support a household.
Nearly one-third of people in rural Minnesota believe the economy is improving, while only 18 percent think it's getting worse, the lowest level since 2000, according to a new survey from the Blandin Foundation.
And belief that there are enough jobs that can support a family is increasing. About 47 percent of respondents said rural Minnesota has enough such jobs, compared with 38 percent in 2013. But another 48 percent said the state's rural areas do not have enough well-paid jobs.