A skilled, affordable workforce
One of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s greatest resources is its people. The workforce here tends to be educated, loyal, skilled, hardworking, and conscientious, and workers benefit from the area's high quality of life.
While the workforce has attractive qualities, it's also affordable. Consistently lower wages here, compared to the Twin Cities and national averages, have allowed area businesses to significantly reduce operational costs.
Source: Minnesota Dept of Employment & Economic Development, 2014 Q3 Data
|Annual Average Weekly Wage
||Crow Wing County
Updated: April 2015
Area's employment base is strong
More than 90,000 workers live in our micropolitan area. About 32,000 live in Crow Wing County while 58,000 reside within the economic region. Employment growth here has outperformed state and national averages.
|Rate of Job Creation
| Crow Wing County
Source: Minnesota Dept of Employment & Economic Development, 2010 Annual Data