Northwest Minnesota’s Growing Manufacturing Industry Provides High Demand, High Pay Careers

15 Sep 2023


Manufacturing is a primary driver of Northwest Minnesota's economy and labor market. What's more, manufacturing's strong growth in both employment and wages is generating well-paying career opportunities in the region.

In terms of the number of jobs, Manufacturing is the second largest industry sector in Northwest Minnesota and statewide. Manufacturing accounts for 13.5% of Northwest jobs, a greater percentage than Minnesota's 11.3%. Manufacturing's impact is even more pronounced in terms of wages. Manufacturing pays out 16.7% of total Northwest payrolls for all industries. This is a significantly larger percentage than the statewide share of 12.5%.

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