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Economic composition of Greater Minnesota

Strengths and challenges of Greater Minnesota regional economies

Learn about the economic strengths of Greater Minnesota, download reports and view short webinars.

Greater Minnesota regional map

Economic impact analyst Brigid Tuck examined Greater Minnesota’s economy using the geographic boundaries of the Regional Development Commissions. Her 12 reports describe Greater Minnesota’s economy — industry outputs, employment and wages, and how many local industries are using local products.

Top regional strengths

The top three industries in each region are measured by both output and 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.

Definitions

  • Output is defined as the total value of industry production.
  • Employment is the total worker headcount for the industry, including both full- and part-time workers.

Northwest 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Northwest report (PDF)

Headwaters 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Headwaters report (PDF)

Northeast

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Northeast report (PDF)

West Central 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

West Central report (PDF)

North Central 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

North Central report (PDF)

East Central

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

East Central report (PDF)

Upper Minnesota Valley

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Upper Minnesota Valley report (PDF)

Mid-Minnesota

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Mid-Minnesota report (PDF)

Southwest

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Southwest report (PDF)

South Central (Region 9) 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

South Central report (PDF)

Southeast 

Industry share of total output

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

Employment by industry

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

Southeast report (PDF)

Recorded webinars

Intro to Greater Minnesota's Economic Composition

How Greater Minnesota fared during the Great Recession

The "Big 3" Greater Minnesota industries by output

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How this data helps your community

The economic composition reports describe the full picture of Greater Minnesota's economy. Community and economic development leaders could use this information in the ways below.

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