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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.

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.

Map of Minnesota

About this data

Northwest Headwaters Northeast West Central North Central East Central Central Mid Minnesota Southwest South Central Southeast

Northwest

Download the full Northwest report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 39.2%
  2. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 16.6%
  3. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 14.1%

Employment by Industry

  1. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 16.2%
  2. Trade
    Trade: 16.0%
  3. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 14.8%

North Central

Download the full North Central report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 26.9%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 18.7%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 9.3%
  4. Construction
    Construction: 8.7%
  5. Government
    Government: 8.5%

Employment by Industry

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 16.3%
  2. Government
    Government: 16.2%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 13.8%

Upper Minnesota Valley

Download the full Upper Minnesota Valley report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 27.9%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 23.2%
  3. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 14.2%

Employment by Industry

  1. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 18.1%
  2. Government
    Government: 17.5%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 12.5%
  4. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 11.2%

Southeast

Download the full Southeast report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 35.9%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 19.2%
  3. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 13.8%

Employment by Industry

  1. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 20.8%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 17.2%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 12.8%
  4. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 11.7%

Southwest

Download the full Southwest report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 30.3%
  2. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 25.0%
  3. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 16.6%

Employment by Industry

  1. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 15.4%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 14.2%
  3. Government
    Government: 13.6%
  4. Trade
    Trade: 13.0%
  5. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 12.4%

Northeast

Download the full Northeast report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 22.7%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 16.3%
  3. Mining
    Mining: 15.8%

Employment by Industry

  1. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 18.0%
  2. Government
    Government: 16.6%
  3. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 16.3%

Headwaters

Download the full Headwaters report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 23.5%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 16.8%
  3. Government
    Government: 11.4%
  4. Construction
    Construction: 10.3%

Employment by Industry

  1. Government
    Government: 20.5%
  2. Trade
    Trade: 15.3%
  3. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 12.7%
  4. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 12.6%

South Central

Download the full South Central report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 35.6%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 19.3%
  3. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 14.8%

Employment by Industry

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional and Business Services: 16.3%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 13.6%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 13.3%
  4. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 13.2%
  5. Government
    Government: 12.2%

East Central

Download the full East Central report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 25.0%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 22.1%
  3. Government
    Government: 10.0%
  4. Construction
    Construction: 9.7%
  5. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 9.7%

Employment by Industry

  1. Government
    Government: 19.5%
  2. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 15.1%
  3. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 14.5%

West Central

Download the full West Central report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 26.0%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 20.0%
  3. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 13.0%

Employment by Industry

  1. Trade
    Trade: 14.7%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 14.7%
  3. Government
    Government: 13.6%

Central

Download the full Central report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 27.2%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 24.5%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 9.9%

Employment by Industry

  1. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 19.5%
  2. Trade
    Trade: 15.8%
  3. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 13.1%
  4. Government
    Government: 11.7%

Mid-Minnesota

Download the full Mid-Minnesota report. (PDF)

Industry Share of Total Output

  1. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 41.3%
  2. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 15.4%
  3. Agriculture, Forestry, Fish and Hunt
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fish & Hunt: 12.6%

Employment by Industry

  1. Health & Social Services
    Health & Social Services: 16.1%
  2. Manufacturing
    Manufacturing: 14.0%
  3. Trade
    Trade: 13.8%
  4. Professional & Business Services
    Professional & Business Services: 13.4%

Download the reports

Download the PDF reports here

Recorded webinars

Read a summary of findings

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