The workforce available in Rice County and surrounding areas has much to offer businesses thinking to relocate or expand their operation. This effective labor market offers companies a diverse set of worker skills and abilities. Rice County's population and labor force is expected to grow at a faster pace than other surrounding areas.
The quality and abundance of workforce has been a key factor in recruiting and growing businesses in Rice County. We are proud of the quality, educated, and skilled workforce in Rice County – and their Midwest work ethic. We also recognize that current and future employers truly need to understand the details about the available workforce and labor pool as they make location and grow decisions. To assist with that, Rice County has worked with DEED and Mercer to analyze the workforce. The following information provides a comprehensive review of the Rice County labor market. Please also be aware that the Rice County Economic Development Staff can assist you with your workforce needs and provide specific and targeted workforce data upon request. For more information about any of these reports, or for additional workforce information, please contact the Rice County Economic Development office.
This study reviews facets of Rice County’s labor market from the perspective of a business leader making a decision to establish or expand an operation in Rice County, Minnesota. The study is organized to address three questions that decision makers often ask about a potential work site:
- Where can I recruit workers from effectively?
- How does the workforce compare to other cities?
- Are there enough workers with the experience and skills I need to run my operations?
This information is provided by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Rice County has a land area of 496 square miles and is the 13th most populace county in the state. Study shows data by county, economic development area, planning area, and Minnesota area.
Businesses can tap into Minnesota’s large pool of skilled workers and be assured of a growing supply of potential hires. Also, the region’s higher education sector and transportation infrastructure are perfect complements to any business.
There are numerous resources available in Rice County to assist employers with the training needs. A Minnesota Workforce Center is located right here in Rice County, as well as South Central College which is known for their first-class training abilities. Whatever your training needs are, Rice County and its partners can assist you in meeting those needs. Some of the training resources include:
The SBDC provides free and confidential counseling to help businesses face the challenges of running a successful business.
The College offers comprehensive training and curriculum development, qualified consultants with real-world experience, partnership approach which includes strategic planning, budgeting and training, flexible scheduling, cost effective means to meeting training needs, and credit and non-credit courses offered year-round.
The Workforce Center helps job seekers find employment, helps businesses find workers, and helps anyone at any stage explore and plan careers.
The Department of Employment and Economic development works strategically with business and educational institutions to train or retrain workers, expand work opportunities, and keep high quality jobs in the state. Training grants are available.