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 CWCAvg Weekly Wages in CWC Avg Weekly Wages in MNAvg Weekly Wages in U.S.
All Industries2,15029,828$801$1,169$1,220
Natural Res. and Mining1960$453$963$1,151
Construction2702,000$1,067$1,299$1,206
Manufacturing1182,794$895$1,296$1,381
Trade, Trans., Utilities4686,061$668$971$916
Information37402$1,073$1,549$2,188
Financial Activities2001,673$1,081$1,869$1,840
Prof., Business Services2571,958$848$1,645$1,445
Educ. and Health Serv.2528,140$913$1,015$970
Leisure and Hospitality2584,356$368$448$463
Other Services203997$425$673$740
Public Admin.681,387$1,022$1,141$1,124
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (QCEW Tool)
Q1-Q3 2019 Avg CWC and MN Data, 2018 Annual US Data
Updated: February, 2020

By the Numbers

Unemployment Rates

 MonthlyAnnually
Crow Wing County5.7%4.4%
Region 56.6%4.9%
Minnesota3.5%3.3%
U.S.3.4%3.7%
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (LAUS Tool)
Dec 2019 Monthly Data, 2019 Annual Data
Updated: February, 2020
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