Minnesota Employment Statistics

  • 175,619 employers
  • 2,882,927 employees
  • $1,115 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 1.3% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.5% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Minnesota Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 10,362 more businesses
  • 313,276 more employees
  • 12.2% increase in total wages
  • $12,677 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 28.0% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Minnesota Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Hennepin County Minnesota, 37,964
County with the Most Employees: Hennepin County Minnesota, 827,294
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Hennepin County Minnesota, $1,343
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Clearwater County Minnesota, 12.5%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Minnesota, see: Minnesota Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Minnesota see:Minnesota Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 3,002,476 employed workers
  • 104,555 unemployed workers
  • 3.4% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Minnesota, see: Minnesota Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 182,448 employers, up 4.5% from 174,595
  • 2,918,870 employees, up 0.8% from 2,895,314
  • $1,101 average weekly wage, up 2.6% from $1,073
  • The average weekly wage is 0.5% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.6% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Minnesota, see: Minnesota Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.