Labor Market Tools & Resources

Labor Market Data from MN Department of Employment and Economic Development for Southwest Minnesota

  • Career and Education Explorer: Data Tool What kinds of jobs can I do? And where can I get the education I need? The Career and Education Explorer lets you explore a wide range of occupations and related education in a single easy-to-use online tool. Find wages, demand, job opportunities, and more. Also download Eligible Training Provider listings including WIOA-certified trainings.
  • Southwest Minnesota Regional Labor Market Data:   
    • Regional Snapshots:
      • Health Care Profile: 
      • Unemployment Statistics: this site will provide you with the data sets from Unemployment, Employment; Labor Force; employment population ratio; labor force participation rate by county in SW MN and you can select the year/range
  • Southwest Minnesota Region BLOG /Newsletter: Monthly articles written by DEED staff about our part of Minnesota which is a national leader in agriculture production, and renewable energy.   The region’s thriving manufacturing sector includes food processing, machinery, printing, metal products, and computers and electronic products!
  • Redwood County Data Tools/Labor Market Information: Use this link and click on Redwood County and all the 21 statistical data information you could ever want to view is here! 
  • MN DEED All DATA TOOLS: Select a title and then click on the county you are looking up. 
  • QCEW Results: This site will allow you to select date for one or more counties.   This link will provide you with data on businesses in your county such as employment, # of establishments, wages, average weekly wages, gross employment gains, and gross employment loss by businesses and government at all levels! 
  • COST OF LIVING TOOL: This tool will show you the comparison for basic living expenses by county was you look at where your new occupation may take you and what earning levels you will need to make to afford where you live!

What is LYFT? Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) is a rural career and technical education (CTE) pathway initiative with the purpose of rebuilding CTE in southwest and west central Minnesota. The goal of LYFT Pathways is for every secondary student in the region to gain marketable skills through meaningful CTE courses and opportunities which lead to further education and careers that match our region’s labor market needs.