These Are The 10 Worst Places In Minnesota To Get A Job

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Minnesota need to update their resumes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Minnesota after looking at the best places in Minnesota a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Minnesota, the ten worst cities to find a job in the North Star State are:

  1. Brainerd
  2. Grand Rapids
  3. Hibbing
  4. Cloquet
  5. Duluth
  6. Fairmont
  7. New Ulm
  8. Austin
  9. Winona
  10. North Branch

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The North Star State

After getting the data for every place in Minnesota, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Minnesota To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Brainerd

Brainerd, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,609Recent Job Growth: 0.46%
Future Job Growth: 34.40%

2. Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,865Recent Job Growth: -0.02%
Future Job Growth: 32.90%

3. Hibbing

Hibbing, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,345Recent Job Growth: 0.39%
Future Job Growth: 35.10%

4. Cloquet

Cloquet, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,097Recent Job Growth: 0.39%
Future Job Growth: 34.30%

5. Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 86,239Recent Job Growth: 0.39%
Future Job Growth: 35.70%

6. Fairmont

Fairmont, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,579Recent Job Growth: 0.09%
Future Job Growth: 35.50%

7. New Ulm

New Ulm, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,435Recent Job Growth: 0.59%
Future Job Growth: 36.40%

8. Austin

Austin, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,632Recent Job Growth: 0.44%
Future Job Growth: 36.90%

9. Winona

Winona, Minnesota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,727Recent Job Growth: 0.64%
Future Job Growth: 37.30%

10. North Branch


Population: 10,057 Recent Job Growth: 0.93%
Future Job Growth: 36.10%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Brainerd took the “top” spot as the worst city in Minnesota for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Minnesota, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Minnesota To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
brainerd 1 13,609 0.46% 34.40%
grand rapids 2 10,865 -0.02% 32.90%
hibbing 3 16,345 0.39% 35.10%
cloquet 4 12,097 0.39% 34.30%
duluth 5 86,239 0.39% 35.70%
fairmont 6 10,579 0.09% 35.50%
new ulm 7 13,435 0.59% 36.40%
austin 8 24,632 0.44% 36.90%
winona 9 27,727 0.64% 37.30%
north branch 10 10,057 0.93% 36.10%
big lake 11 10,029 0.92% 36.50%
big lake 12 10,029 0.92% 36.50%
elk river 13 23,011 0.92% 36.50%
bemidji 14 13,485 1.15% 35.90%
brooklyn center 15 30,144 0.93% 37.40%
buffalo 16 15,379 0.93% 36.70%
white bear lake 17 23,797 0.93% 36.80%
columbia heights 18 19,549 0.93% 37.50%
anoka 19 17,250 0.93% 37.50%
oakdale 20 27,508 0.92% 37.40%
st. paul 21 286,171 0.93% 37.60%
monticello 22 12,711 0.93% 36.70%
otsego 23 13,506 0.93% 36.70%
worthington 24 12,701 0.34% 37.20%
rochester 25 106,903 -0.03% 36.10%
st. michael 26 16,263 0.93% 36.70%
albert lea 27 17,969 0.99% 37.50%
brooklyn park 28 75,843 0.92% 37.70%
fridley 29 27,404 0.93% 37.60%
coon rapids 30 61,739 0.93% 37.60%
ramsey 31 23,612 0.93% 37.50%
maplewood 32 38,186 0.93% 37.80%
little canada 33 9,819 0.93% 37.80%
red wing 34 16,444 1.02% 37.60%
north st. paul 35 11,501 0.93% 37.80%
east bethel 36 11,609 0.93% 37.50%
new brighton 37 21,549 0.93% 37.80%
mounds view 38 12,229 0.93% 37.80%
bloomington 39 83,658 0.92% 38.00%
lino lakes 40 20,276 0.93% 37.50%
chaska 41 23,698 0.93% 37.70%
minneapolis 42 385,023 0.93% 38.00%
ham lake 43 15,277 0.93% 37.50%
inver grove heights 44 33,867 0.92% 38.00%
shakopee 45 37,150 0.92% 37.90%
andover 46 30,648 0.93% 37.60%
savage 47 27,143 0.92% 37.80%
prior lake 48 22,946 0.92% 37.80%
west st. paul 49 19,631 0.93% 38.00%
vadnais heights 50 12,449 0.93% 37.80%
waconia 51 10,707 0.93% 37.70%
willmar 52 19,541 1.97% 39.20%
faribault 53 23,297 1.56% 38.10%
hutchinson 54 14,111 2.47% 39.60%
richfield 55 35,347 0.92% 38.30%
fergus falls 56 13,220 3.15% 41.20%
south st. paul 57 20,299 0.93% 38.00%
northfield 58 19,900 1.56% 38.10%
burnsville 59 60,676 0.93% 38.00%
chanhassen 60 23,229 0.93% 37.70%
hastings 61 22,072 0.93% 38.00%
arden hills 62 9,588 0.93% 37.80%
roseville 63 33,833 0.92% 38.30%
st. cloud 64 65,787 2.69% 41.10%
white bear township 65 10,997 0.93% 37.80%
hopkins 66 17,661 0.93% 38.10%
sauk rapids 67 12,784 2.85% 40.50%
blaine 68 57,384 0.93% 38.00%
new hope 69 20,436 0.93% 38.10%
crystal 70 22,242 0.93% 38.10%
robbinsdale 71 14,048 0.93% 38.10%
alexandria 72 11,260 1.64% 39.50%
marshall 73 13,551 1.95% 40.00%
owatonna 74 25,489 2.21% 40.10%
cottage grove 75 34,635 0.92% 38.20%
rosemount 76 21,749 0.93% 38.00%
minnetonka 77 50,151 0.92% 38.40%
farmington 78 20,966 0.93% 38.00%
forest lake 79 18,390 0.93% 38.10%
golden valley 80 20,454 0.93% 38.10%
stillwater 81 18,229 0.93% 38.10%
champlin 82 23,198 0.93% 38.10%
mankato 83 39,246 2.69% 41.70%
sartell 84 15,545 2.85% 41.30%
lakeville 85 55,888 0.93% 38.10%
mendota heights 86 11,140 0.93% 38.00%
maple grove 87 61,802 0.92% 38.70%
hugo 88 13,198 0.93% 38.10%
woodbury 89 62,158 0.92% 38.80%
st. louis park 90 45,403 0.93% 38.70%
eagan 91 64,538 0.93% 38.40%
st. peter 92 11,247 2.69% 42.20%
moorhead 93 38,091 2.69% 42.50%
apple valley 94 49,336 0.93% 38.50%
rogers 95 10,035 0.93% 38.10%
plymouth 96 70,895 0.93% 38.50%
shoreview 97 25,200 0.93% 38.70%
north mankato 98 13,320 2.69% 42.20%
edina 99 48,155 0.93% 38.80%
eden prairie 100 60,843 0.93% 38.90%

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