The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has been gradually rolling out annual data for each county in the state. This week’s report includes data from state’s least populated county: Traverse.

As of annual 2017 Traverse County had 143 establishments supplying 1,169 covered jobs. As such, Traverse County is Minnesota’s 86th largest-employing county, beating out Red Lake County which had 1,025 covered jobs. Zooming in on industry employment, Health Care and Social Assistance with 178 jobs just beat out Retail Trade with 172 jobs to be Traverse County’s largest-employing sector. Other major sectors with over 100 jobs in the county include Public Administration (148 jobs), Wholesale Trade (130 jobs), and Educational Services (115 jobs).

Within the past five years, between 2012 and 2017, Traverse County employment grew by 8.5 percent. Growth was led by Agriculture, Public Administration, Retail Trade, Educational Services, and Wholesale Trade. Health Care and Social Assistance employment declined by 22.3 percent during this time.

The Minnesota State Demographic Center projects Traverse County’s total population to decline by 23.0 percent between 2020 and 2030, equivalent to approximately 700 people.


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