Becker County's unemployment rate has dropped to less than 3.7 percent indicating more evidence of an improving economy. The presentation on the county's economy was provided by West Central Initiate (WCI) to County Commissioners this week.
WCI's snapshot of Becker County showed an increase in population of 3,535 residents since 2000. The largest employment industry was healthcare and social assistance with an average weekly wages of $745. The highest average weekly wage was in public administration at $878. The report showed Becker County was in need of a larger workforce, affordable housing, expanded broadband coverage and more child care openings. The industries with the most need include education, health services, trade, transportation, utilities, professional services and hospitality.
In 2015, 8 percent of the region's population of 228,562 was from a minority group. The area's population of over 65 will continue to grow and greatly impact communities, the workforce and services. For more economic information contact WCI at 800-735-2239.