Workforce

Known nationwide for high productivity, high motivation and low absenteeism, our workforce is a key competitive advantage for companies of all types.

We jealously guard our reputation for being hard-working and smart-working. Above all, we expect the best from ourselves. And we don't tolerate slackers. We give our employers everything they pay for—and then some. It’s a matter of honor.

From scientific and high-tech professionals, to most any kind of management expertise, to well trained trades and production workers, Minnesota has a large and remarkably talented workforce.

And it’s growing larger and more talented by the day.

Use our Compare Minnesota tool for more detailed comparisons between us and any other state or major metropolitan area

Here is a just snapshot of our success:

Hard Working, Fast Growing
Our population has grown 5.8 percent in less than a decade to 5.2 million people, the second-largest increase in the 12-state Midwest region. That’s good news for growth-minded companies that need workers.

Workforce numbers will continue to climb over the coming decade. Between 2010 and 2020, the population is projected to increase more than nine percent to 5.9 million people, resulting in a labor force 3.2 million workers, an increase of 6 percent.

Businesses benefit from our high labor force participation rate. In fact, at nearly 73 percent, Minnesota has one of the nation’s highest labor force participation rates.

A Diverse Workforce
People from all backgrounds and walks of life are hard at work in Minnesota.

The labor force participation rate for women in Minnesota is 67.6 percent, compared to the national rate of 59.3 percent.

People between the ages of 45 and 54 have the highest labor force participation rate (89.5 percent) of all age groups in the state. The national rate for the same age group is 82 percent.

Minnesota's labor force participation rate for African-Americans is 73.7 percent, compared with the national rate of 63.7 for this group nationwide.

The state's labor force participation rate for Hispanic (or Latino) workers is 83.8 percent, the highest of any ethnic group in the state and well exceeding the national rate of 68.8 percent.

Rich in Talent
Minnesota has a wealth of expertise in key occupations and fields of study, and that pool of talent is only going to grow deeper and wider in coming years.

Take a look at current trends and future projections for these key professions:

Architecture and Engineering
People working in engineering occupations play a key role in manufacturing, construction, transportation, telecommunications and utility industries Architects are particularly important in construction.

Minnesota's businesses can tap into the 18th largest pool (52,000) of architecture and engineering workers.

Between 2004 and 2014, architecture and engineering occupations will grow to 61,000 jobs in Minnesota, an addition of 7,260 new jobs and nearly 12,100 replacement jobs. Engineering positions are expected to total nearly 32,100 jobs (4,343 new positions and 6,110 replacement jobs).

Computers and High Tech
Minnesota has nearly 75,000 people employed in computer-related occupations and fueling Minnesota's high-tech industry growth.

New and expanding high-tech businesses can rely on strong growth in computer-related occupations. The state's employment in computer and mathematical occupations is expected to increase from 71,840 jobs in 2004 to 93,980 positions in 2014, an increase of 31 percent or 22,140 occupations.

Science Occupations
With the 15th-largest number of people working in life, physical and social science occupations, Minnesota has the scientific talent businesses need.

Minnesota is an ideal place for growing companies that operate in life science and related industries. The employment level for life, physical and social science occupations is expected to increase from 28,590 jobs in 2004 to 33,920 positions in 2014, an increase of 19 percent or 5,330 occupations.

Executives and Management
Businesses in Minnesota can tap into the 15th largest pool of managers in the country.

Minnesota's vibrant economy supports growing business. Jobs for top executives are projected to increase from 41,000 in 2004 to nearly 47,400 positions in 2014, an expansion of 6,400 jobs or 16 percent.

Skilled Manufacturing Workers
With nearly 237,000 people, the pool of production workers in Minnesota is among the largest in the nation. That's good news for the state's thriving manufacturers.

Manufacturing businesses in Minnesota can rely on job growth in the state. Employment in production occupations is projected to reach nearly 244,240 workers in 2014, an increase of more than 7,000 workers (or 3 percent growth) from 2004.