A skilled, affordable workforce

One of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s greatest resources is its people. The workforce is well-educated, loyal, skilled and conscientious. Employees appreciate the area’s quality of life and it shows in their work ethic.

And our hard-working, well-educated workforce is also affordable. Our cost of living is lower. As a result, wages are also lower. Without compromising quality, businesses can enjoy significantly reduced operational costs when compared to metropolitan areas and even national averages.

Average Weekly Wage by Industry

 Companies in CWCEmployees in CWCCrow Wing County MNU.S.
All Industries2,09826,927$772$1,118$1,114
Natural Res. and Mining22115$416$986
Trade, Trans., Utilities4586,135$632$946
Financial Activities2151,581$1,075$1,723
Prof., Business Services2482,077$877$1,587
Educ. and Health Serv.2136,247$909$980
Leisure and Hospitality2613,630$375$435
Other Services1971,022$422$648
Public Admin.701,293$942$1,203
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (QCEW Tool)
Q4 2017 CWC and MN Data, 2017 Annual US Data
Updated: August, 2018

By the Numbers

Unemployment Rates

Crow Wing County2.84.6
Region 53.15.1
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (LAUS Tool)
July 2018 Monthly Data, 2017 Annual Data
Updated: August, 2018