Counties: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine

  • Southwest Minnesota is home to 12,200 business establishments providing 177,000 jobs through 2018. Average annual wages were $41,780 in the region. 
  • The industries that employ the most people in the Southwest Region are Healthcare (31,300), Manufacturing (31,100) and Retail Trade (19,900).
  • Jobs in the Southwest Region are expected to grow 0.9 percent from 2016 to 2026, a gain of just 1,885 new jobs. That is the slowest of the 6 planning regions in the state. In addition, the region is also expected to need 103,553 replacement openings to fill jobs left vacant by retirements and other career changers.
  • The fastest growing occupations in the Southwest Region will be in the following fields: transportation and material moving; farming; construction and extraction; installation, maintenance, and repair; and healthcare support and practitioners.

Check out our other regions: Central, Metro, Northeast, Northwest, SoutheastStatewide

For Career Seekers

Find a CareerForce Location near you

For Employers

Meet Your Regional Team

Workforce Strategy
Jessica Miller
Disability Employment
Evie Wold
Regional Labor Market Analysis
Luke Greiner
Layoff Assistance
Mee Yang
Business Development
Lisa Hughes
Veterans Employment
Stephen Kolcinski