Minnesotans spend less on health care than national averageMinnesota News
-- Minnesotans continue to spend less than the national average on health care, a state report says.
Minnesotans continue to spend less than the national average on health care, a state report says.
The state’s residents spent $7,090 per person on health care in 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health. That’s compared to $7,910 nationally.
Health-care spending in Minnesota also accounts for a smaller share of the overall economy than in the nation as a whole according to the report, which was highlighted in a health department news release on Wednesday. It’s 16.8 percent nationally, and 13.9 percent in Minnesota.
The big picture: Minnesotans spent $37.7 billion on health care in 2010. That represented a 2.2 percent increase from 2009, the slowest growth rate since 1997, the report said.
Minnesota’s iron mining industry last year posted its highest employment and wages paid in more than a decade, a clear sign of recovery from a disastrous 2009 when all six of the state’s six taconite plants shut down for a time.
Data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development showed an average of 4,245 direct mining jobs in 2011, up nearly 11 percent from the 3,825 jobs averaged in 2010.
And it’s way up from just 2,642 jobs averaged at mid-2009 when the global recession was hitting the steel and iron mining industries hardest.
The increase reflects relatively stable demand for domestic iron ore by domestic steelmakers as little of the state’s taconite is shipped out of the U.S.