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 Industries2,04030,379$740$1,053$1,018
Natural Res. and Mining20100$480$867
Trade, Trans., Utilities4556,255$633$912
Financial Activities1961,585$963$1,515
Prof., Business Services2422,281$767$1,477
Educ. and Health Serv.2347,620$875$977
Leisure and Hospitality2415,107$345$422
Other Services190930$400$628
Public Admin.661,386$984$1,085
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (QCEW Tool)
Q3 2016 CWC and MN Data, 2015 Annual US Data
Updated: April 2017

By the Numbers

Unemployment Rates

Crow Wing County7.15.2
Region 57.85.6
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (LAUS Tool)
Feb 2017 Monthly Data, 2016 Annual Data
Updated: April, 2017

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