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 Industries219830917$784$1,095$1,139
Natural Res. and Mining2280$460$919$1,075
Trade, Trans., Utilities4856442$637$931$891
Financial Activities2131597$1,021$1,564$1,589
Prof., Business Services2632298$814$1,488$1,365
Educ. and Health Serv.2487737$902$1,005$951
Leisure and Hospitality2625024$373$440$449
Other Services204977$416$652$725
Public Admin.701378$1,017$1,102$1,008
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (QCEW Tool)
Q3 2018 CWC and MN Data, Q2 2018 Annual US Data
Updated: March, 2019

By the Numbers

Unemployment Rates

Crow Wing County4.93.8
Region 55.74.3
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (LAUS Tool)
Dec 2018 Monthly Data, 2018 Annual Data
Updated: March, 2019