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Economic Security Department

Also known as:
Minnesota Department of Economic Security
Active dates:1977-1985, 1994-2003

The Department will have responsibility for income and employment policies, and for linking 115 benefits payments and job training and placement programs with veterans programs, worker's compensation, vocational and post-secondary training, federal income insurance programs, and economic development programs.


The agency was originally created in 1977 as a merger of the former Departments of Employment Services and Vocational Rehabilitation, the Governor's Manpower Office, and the Economic Opportunity Office, which administered anti-poverty programs. In 1985, State Services for the Blind joined the department, which was renamed the Department of Jobs and Training (1985 Minn. Laws Special Session 1 Chap. 14 Art. 9).

The original name, Minnesota Department of Economic Security, was restored in 1994 by the legislature since it fully reflected the role, mission, and responsibility of the agency.

In 2003, MDES merged with the Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) to become the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

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News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1975-2003.
Record last updated: 06/10/2024

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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