Economic Composition of Greater Minnesota: Industries and Performance
What are the strengths and challenges of the regional economies of Greater Minnesota? With support from the University EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston Extension analyst Brigid Tuck examined Greater Minnesota's economy using the geographic parameters of Regional Development Commissions. These twelve reports examine Greater Minnesota's economy by describing its industry outputs, employment and wages, and how it is seizing opportunities to sell product to local industries through local products.
On this page, you can link to an overview of economic strengths in each region, download a report, and see Brigid Tuck's short webinar about the findings of these reports.
On this page
See your region's strengths
Click on any of the 12 Greater Minnesota regions shown on the map below to see top industries as measured by both output and employment.
About this data
- The map shows the 12 regions for Minnesota's regional development organizations, which provide technical assistance to local units of government in their region.
- 'Output' is defined as the total value of industry production and 'employment' is the total worker headcount for the industry, including both full- and part-time workers.
- The industry detail shown in the pop-up boxes for the map lists the top 3 industries for each region based on output and then also employment. Additional industries are listed when their shares of output or employment are less than 1.5 percentage points lower than the share for the 3rd highest industry.
Download the reports
Download the PDF reports here
- Greater Minnesota's Economic Composition: Industries and Performance - An Introduction 1:44
- How Greater Minnesota fared during the Great Recession 4:22
- The "Big 3" Greater Minnesota industries by output -
Read a summary of findings
It's not your grandparents' Greater Minnesota anymore. You know, the Greater Minnesota dominated by the industries of its founders - agriculture and mining. Read more