Minnesota Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 180,531 employers, up 5.0% from 171,936
  • 2,844,009 employees, up 0.6% from 2,826,414
  • $1,203 average weekly wage, up 2.3% from $1,176
  • The average weekly wage is 1.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.5% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 8,595, which is an increase of 5.0%. The number of employees in Minnesota increased by 17,595, an increase of 0.6%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $27, an increase of 2.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 8,557 or 5.2%. Growth in private businesses in Minnesota grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 18,450 or 0.8%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Minnesota was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $26 or 2.2%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Minnesota grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 12.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 6.5%. Retail trade (10.4%), which increased by 1.2% and Healthcare (9.8%), which increased by 10.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Healthcare1,61610.1%
Information3007.8%
Waste services6157.6%
Other services1,1336.8%
Professional services1,4056.5%
Company management916.3%
Transport and warehousing2886.2%
Wholesale trade7525.7%
Arts and entertainment1755.5%
Construction8465.3%
Educational services1024.1%
Real estate and rental2393.9%
Accommodation and food services4093.5%
Utilities133.3%
Mining and oil extraction73.3%
Agriculture and forestry873.1%
Finance and insurance2202.3%
Retail trade2281.2%
Manufacturing310.4%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 16.7% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.3% in the last year. Manufacturing (11.3%), increased by 1.8% and Retail trade (10.2%), decreased by 1.2%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management5,6537.1%
Arts and entertainment2,2455.5%
Construction4,3324.2%
Agriculture and forestry6443.4%
Finance and insurance4,6553.3%
Manufacturing5,6651.8%
Healthcare6,0851.3%
Transport and warehousing1,0721.2%
Waste services5800.5%
Other services3370.4%
Real estate and rental1200.3%
Accommodation and food services-708-0.3%
Wholesale trade-1,085-0.9%
Retail trade-3,395-1.2%
Educational services-960-1.8%
Mining and oil extraction-110-2.0%
Professional services-3,523-2.2%
Utilities-339-2.8%
Information-2,819-5.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,985per week compared with the state average of $1,223. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $57 or 1.9%. Utilities ($2,770), rose by $138 or 5.2% and Finance and insurance ($2,717) increased by $1 or 0.0% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Mining and oil extraction$19010.7%
Information$1298.0%
Educational services$627.9%
Real estate and rental$666.1%
Professional services$1075.8%
Utilities$1385.2%
Waste services$324.1%
Transport and warehousing$403.8%
Other services$132.0%
Company management$571.9%
Agriculture and forestry$111.5%
Accommodation and food services$51.4%
Retail trade$61.0%
Wholesale trade$150.9%
Construction$70.5%
Healthcare$10.1%
Arts and entertainment$10.1%
Finance and insurance$10.0%
Manufacturing$-2-0.1%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Minnesota. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 4.9% of the businesses in the state (with 8,782 employing 168,405 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 321 more businesses, an increase of 3.8% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.4% of businesses) added 473 businesses, an increase of 8.4% and Private households (2.9% of businesses) added 957 businesses, an increase of 22.2% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Fish and seafood markets360.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts1659.3%
Securities and commodity exchanges758.3%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,30856.6%
Amusement and theme parks654.5%
Amusement arcades750.0%
Postal service545.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled1,30856.6%
Private households95722.2%
Computer systems design and related services4738.4%
Residential building construction3289.5%
Restaurants and other eating places3213.8%
Management consulting services25910.9%
Electrical and wiring contractors17412.3%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.4% of employees) added 473 employees, an increase of 8.4% and Private households (2.9% ofemployees) added 957 employees, an increase of 22.2% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Securities and commodity exchanges43430.0%
Postal service93209.1%
Apiculture1297.2%
Turkey production50359.8%
Cookie cracker and pasta manufacturing14850.8%
Amusement arcades9444.3%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing7644.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Management of companies and enterprises5,6537.1%
Commercial banking3,7158.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled3,5548.1%
Direct life and health insurance carriers2,84111.1%
Temporary help services2,6705.1%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,9091.7%
Continuing care assisted living facilities1,2745.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Private households ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $473 more per week, an increase of 8.4% and Private households ($3 per week) were paid $957 more per week, an increase of 22.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Footwear and leather goods repair$36599.2%
Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing$1,22693.7%
All other schools and instruction$25160.0%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$89846.9%
Fur-bearing animal and rabbit production$18635.3%
Motion picture and video production$26234.8%
Lessors of nonresidential buildings$37332.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Copper nickel lead and zinc mining$1,27022.5%
Ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturing$1,22693.7%
Coal and other mineral merchant wholesalers$89846.9%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$69318.7%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences$55826.7%
Credit bureaus$48627.5%
Dairy product merchant wholesalers$47929.9%


Company Size

Minnesota Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Minnesota by far. 62.6% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 165,000 small businesses in the state represent 95.0% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Minnesota added 8,557 businesses in the last year, an increase of 5.2% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 8,519 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 5.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 27 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.3% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 11 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Minnesota Employees by Business Size

Minnesota added 55,349 employees in the last year, an increase of 2.3% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 1,060 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.6% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 26,691 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 27,598 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 5.9% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Minnesota Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Minnesota (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 5.4% more than the national average ($1,062 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Minnesota (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 8.1% workers above the national average ($2,081 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $115 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $72 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $47 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 1.3% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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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.