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.