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. (2018)
All Industries2,20728,408$843
Natural Res. and Mining1968$444$918$1,151
Trade, Trans., Utilities4736,035$714$1,004$916
Financial Activities2101,662$1,171$1,722$1,840
Prof., Business Services2651,806$860$1,668$1,445
Educ. and Health Serv.2666,861$976$1,056$970
Leisure and Hospitality2774,359$419$468$463
Other Services193871$504$746$740
Public Admin.711,472$1,067$1,206$1,124
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (QCEW Tool)
Q3 2020 Avg CWC and MN Data, 2018 Annual US Data
Updated: April 2021

By the Numbers

Unemployment Rates

Crow Wing County6.4%6.8%
Region 56.9%6.7%
Source: MN Dept. of Employment and Econ. Dev. (LAUS Tool)
Feb 2021 Monthly Data, 2020 Annual Data
Updated: April 2021