Labor Force

Washington County’s labor force is talented and growing. Between 2020 and 2030, it is projected that the population of 25 to 34-year-olds living in the county will grow by 65 percent. Businesses locating here can tap into that growing population. In addition, there are over 100,000 people leaving the county for work every day - 100,000 people that could be working for companies moving to Washington County. 

The Numbers

According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center, Washington County had an estimated population of 261,512 people in 2018. As such, Washington County is Minnesota’s 5th most-populated county.

Between 2017 and 2018, Washington County’s population expanded by 1.8 percent, adding 4,607 people. This made it Minnesota’s 5th largest- and 3rd-fastest growing county during that period of time. For reference, Minnesota’s population expanded by 0.9 percent between 2017 and 2018, adding 51,929 people.

Between 2008 and 2018, Washington County’s population expanded by 11.6 percent, adding 27,164 people. This made it Minnesota’s 4th largest- and 7th-fastest growing county during that period of time. For reference, Minnesota population expanded by 6.5 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding 341,440 people.

There has not been one year since 1990 where Washington County’s population declined over the previous year. Since 1990, annual population growth in Washington County has averaged 2.1 percent, equivalent to 4,129 people per year.

According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), Washington County’s total labor force equaled 141,974 people in 2018. The county’s labor force grew by 12,652 people between 2008 and 2018, averaging 1.0 percent annual growth.


Washington County Industry Employment Statistics, 2015

NAICS Industry Title Number of Firms Number of Jobs Percent of Jobs Total Payroll Avg. Annual Wage
Total, All Industries 5,231 79,112 100.0% $3,478,314,461 $43,992
Retail Trade 684 13,051 16.5% $328,820,246 $25,168
Health Care & Social Assistance 546 11,408 14.4% $550,298,480 $48,204
Accommodation & Food Services 383 8,949 11.3% $146,562,210 $16,328
Manufacturing 203 7,990 10.1% $510,327,272 $63,908
Educational Services 139 7,330 9.3% $315,013,496 $42,796
Public Administration 54 3,617 4.6% $187,901,224 $51,896
Construction 516 3,338 4.2% $194,695,496 $58,292
Finance & Insurance 337 3,306 4.2% $250,901,273 $75,868
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 643 3,177 4.0% $207,917,173 $65,312
Administrative & Support Services 268 3,135 4.0% $142,493,483 $45,552
Other Services 578 3,074 3.9% $79,404,718 $25,792
Transportation & Warehousing 138 2,584 3.3% $109,423,567 $42,276
Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation 123 2,121 2.7% $34,322,013 $16,172
Wholesale Trade 203 1,957 2.5% $142,004,378 $72,540
Management of Companies 43 1,503 1.9% $160,012,587 $107,016
Real Estate, Rental & Leasing 258 790 1.9% $29,425,257 $37,180
Agriculture 44 712 0.9% $24,859,143 $35,048
Information 60 699 0.9% $25,318,426 $36,244
Utilities 7 298 0.4% $33,628,441 $112,788

 

Source: DEED Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

Workforce

Total Businesses

7,144

Total Employed

92,172

Workers 16+

131,429

Retail Trade Businesses

Retail Trade Businesses SVG Graphic

Businesses

1,002

Employed

23,094

HealthCare/Social Assist

HealthCare/Social Assist SVG Graphic

Businesses

680

Employed

12,099

Accommodation/Food Service

Accommodation/Food Service SVG Graphic

Businesses

451

Employed

9,781

Building Matl/Garden Equip

Building Matl/Garden Equip SVG Graphic

Businesses

108

Employed

8,282

Food Service/Drinking Estab

Food Service/Drinking Estab SVG Graphic

Businesses

397

Employed

7,714

Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

185

Employed

6,479

Some
High School

3,916

Graduated
High School

32,395

Associates
Degree

19,997

Bachelor's
Degree

51,322

Graduate
Degree

29,094

Average Commute Time

26 min.



Resident Commuters

48,440

Non-Resident Commuters

79,486

Drive Alone

109,513

Carpooled

9,819

Public

2,974

Work At Home

6,721