Counties: Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright 

  • Central Minnesota is home to 19,600 business establishments providing 274,100 jobs through 2022. Average annual wages were $53,304 in the region.
  • The industries that employ the most people in the Central Region are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,150 jobs), Manufacturing (41,400) and Retail Trade (35,900).
  • Jobs in the Central Region are projected to grow 5.0% from 2020 to 2030, a gain of 15,050 new jobs. In addition, the region is also expected to need 136,960 replacement openings to fill jobs left vacant by retirements and other career changers. 
  • The fastest growing occupations in the Central Region will be in the following fields: healthcare support, food prep & serving, community & social service, personal care & service, and protective service occupations.

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Workforce Strategy

Della Ludwig

Disability Employment

West Central: Bruce Bock
South Central: Marci Jasper

Regional Labor Market Analysis

Luke Greiner

Layoff Assistance

Marla Beaty

Business Development

West Central: David Heyer
East Central: Bradley Brzezinski

Veterans Employment

Mark Mann