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.
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.
Caring for the Future
Our new policy report takes an extensive look at today's direct care workforce—in five installments.