Cottage Grove Workforce Demographics
Total Civilian Employed Population: 17,630
Median Age: 35
Percentage with Bachelor's Degree: 24.6%
Percentage with Graduate or Higher Degree: 13.6%
Unemployment Rate - 3.2%

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Workforce Highlights
Cottage Grove has a clear strength in production occupation, from assembly line to supervisor positions to production company executives.  Production occupations are 2.5 times more concentrated in Cottage Grove than the national average.  Additionally, the concentration of production supervisors in Cottage Grove has increased by 25% since 2011.  3M, Renewal by Andersen and Up North Plastics all call Cottage Grove home.  

Geographic Diversity

Cottage Grove's close proximity to interstates 494, I-94 and 35E - in addition to its lack of traffic congestion - make it easy for workers to commute to Cottage Grove from all around the Twin Cities and outlying areas.

Where our Workers Live
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With an estimated potential labor force of 471,000 Cottage Grove employs people who live in St.Paul, Woodbury, Inver Grove Heights, Hastings and more.  No matter the job Cottage Grove has the labor force to meet the demand.


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ESRI Community Analyst, 2016 Accessed via
U.S. Census Bureau of Local Employment - Household Dynamics 2014
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - EMSI 2016.2 Class of Worker

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