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Ronald A. Wirtz

Director, Regional Outreach

@RonWirtz on Twitter


Ron Wirtz is a regional outreach director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions, with a focus on employment and wages, along with sector-tracking in construction, real estate, consumer spending and tourism. In this role, Ron networks with local businesses in a six-state region, both in person and via various communication channels, and gathers other traditional and nontraditional sources of information to assess current business activity. Ron also gives customized speeches on regional economic activity, and handles advance planning for regular outreach trips to Ninth District communities by Bank President Neel Kashkari. Prior to this role, Ron was the long-time editor of the fedgazette, the Bank’s regional business and economics publication, where he conducted research on such topics as employment trends, health care pricing and consolidation, housing, entrepreneurship, public pensions, income mobility, the Bakken oil boom and other topics.

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Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

Montana flip-flop: Jobs and job seekers
December 2017 - Ninth Dispatch Blog

Immigration arrests and removals are up in the Ninth District. Except not.
December 2017 - Ninth Dispatch Blog

Finally, a bend in disability enrollments, but any reversal will likely be slow
November 2017 - Ninth Dispatch Blog

Minnesota Job Vacancies Hit Record
October 2017 - Ninth Dispatch Blog

Verbally piling on to job growth
October 2017 - Ninth Dispatch Blog

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