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Spotlight on Minnesota: Direct Care Workers and Quality Jobs

Fact Sheet Training & Advanced Roles
October 8, 2019
Spotlight on Minnesota: Direct Care Workers and Quality Jobs

In Minnesota, as in the rest of the country, long-term care employers are struggling to recruit and retain direct care workers, especially in rural areas. This fact sheet provides a statistical snapshot of direct care workers in Minnesota, as well as three considerations and one solution for strengthening this workforce.

Key Takeaways

Minnesota has 129,850 direct care workers, which includes home care workers and nursing assistants.
The median wage for direct care workers in Minnesota is $13.51.
42% of direct care workers in Minnesota are in or near poverty.
 
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