Central Minnesota’s Job Growth is Strongest in the State

30 Jan 2020

With nearly 190,000 residents, the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)is the third largest MSA by population that is primarily located in Minnesota. Though the city itself also stretches into Sherburne County, the St. Cloud MSA includes just Stearns and Benton counties. Combined, these two counties account for nearly 38 percent of all jobs in the 13-county Central Minnesota region. According to data from DEED’s Current Employment Statistics program, the St. Cloud MSA averaged more than 112,000 jobs over the past three months, the highest number ever recorded.

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