Counties: Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright
- Central Minnesota is home to 17,900 business establishments providing 276,400 jobs through 2018. Average annual wages were $43,746 in the region.
- The industries that employ the most people in the Central Region are Healthcare (49,900), Manufacturing (42,400) and Retail Trade (36,800).
- Jobs in the Central Region are projected to grow 8.6 percent from 2016 to 2026, a gain of 26,629 new jobs. In addition, the region is also expected to need 157,485 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: Personal care and service, construction and extraction, transportation and material moving, sales and related, and healthcare support and practitioners.