Role of Intermediaries in Linking TANF Recipients with Jobs: Final Report. Olmsted County, Minnesota


Olmsted County, a small town surrounded by acres of rich farmland, has approximately 114,619 people living within the area. Most of the citizens living within Olmsted County are caucasian, although, there has been a recent influx of immigrants to the area, particularly from Somali. In Olmsted County, less than 5 percent of the families live below poverty and 88 percent have completed high school. They also have the lowest unemployment rate of any of the rural sites at 2.9 percent. The County's two major employers, IBM and the Mayo Clinic, contribute to the low unemployment and poverty rates in the area which are 2.9 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

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