An available skilled workforce is one of the greatest opportunities the GPS Region can provide.

Commuting Workforce

The vast majority of our skilled workforce commutes to the Twin Cities Metro to work.

Historically, the low cost of housing and available jobs in the Twin Cities Metro have caused workers to move to the region. The availability of trained and skilled workers provides a great resource for any firm choosing to locate in the Region. The following are the percentage of workers commuting outside their county for work.

Carlton Co. - 50.1%
Chisago Co. - 65.8%
Isanti Co. - 60.4%
Kanabec Co. - 46.3%
Pine Co. - 39.6%

The Region's unemployment rate is greater than the State average, which means that skilled workers are readily available.

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Attached Document or FileEast Central Minnesota Unemployment Statistics East Central Minnesota Unemployment Statistics