Minneapolis-St. Paul office market reports

Q2 2021

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The impacts of COVID-19 have persisted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul office sector as reopening plans continue alongside ongoing vaccination and economic stimulus efforts.

Though leasing activity has reduced by 45.0%, increased demand was apparent in west suburban submarkets showing signs of initial office recovery. Sublease activity continues to drive Minneapolis-St. Paul inventory availability with 2.0 msf of available sublease space, 50% of which is vacant.

Employers continue to strategize around return-to-office models; office-using employment decreased by -4.5% during the pandemic. As the job market accelerates, Minneapolis-St. Paul’s white-collar talent pool has been targeted by big tech and coastal-based companies, which will continue to shape the long-term local office recovery.


Economic conditions

Minneapolis-St. Paul unemployment rate as of April 2021, down from a pandemic-high rate of 12.8% in April 2020.


Vaccination rate

Vaccination rates across Minneapolis-St. Paul continues to outpace total U.S. numbers as 54.5% have received a COVID-19 vaccine.


Office sector job gains and losses

Change in office sector employment during the pandemic.


Office leasing activity

2020-pro-rated 2021 vs. prior 20-year annual average leasing activity. Leasing activity remains stagnant as Minneapolis-St. Paul-based employers continue a “wait-and-see” approach office strategy.


Office supply

Record high Minneapolis-St. Paul vacancy as of Q2 2021. The current vacancy rate surpasses that of the Great Recession when it reached 8.6% in 2009.

1.05 msf

Vacant sublease space

Sublet space continues to drive supply throughout the market.

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