Winona County Economic Development

Winona County

City of Winona

About Winona County

The name of the county is said to derive from a Dakota legend regarding a woman, referred to Winona, who was betrothed to marry a warrior whom she did not love. Rather than marry him, she is said to have leapt to her death from a rock now called “Maiden’s Rock” on Lake Pepin. This legend is colloquially referred to as the Princess Winonalegend.

Minnesota Top Ten Employers

Employer Service or Product Number of Employees
Mayo Clinic Medical Care 48,200 employees
Allina Health System Health Care 40,663 employees
State of Minnesota State Government 36,002 employees
United States Federal Government Federal Government 31,936 employees
Fairview Health Services Health Care 31,758 employees
University of Minnesota Public University 26,331 employees
HealthPartners Health Care 25,000 employees
Walmart Merchandise and Grocery 24,771 employees
UnitedHealth Group Inc. Health Care 18,000 employees
Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota Banking 16,000 employees

Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, July 13, 2022

Economic Overview

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Region Takeaways

  • As of 2022 the region’s population declined by 2.6% since 2017, falling by 1,330. Population is expected to decrease by 2.3% between 2022 and 2027, losing 1,130.
  • From 2017 to 2022, jobs declined by 3.5% in Winona County, MN from 26,840 to 25,890. This change fell short of the national growth rate of 3.4% by 6.9%. As the number of jobs declined, the labor force participation rate decreased from 68.9% to 65.2% between 2017 and 2022.
  • Concerning educational attainment, 21.2% of Winona County, MN residents possess a Bachelor’s Degree (0.4% above the national average), and 15.2% hold an Associate’s Degree (6.4% above the national average).
  • The top three industries in 2022 are Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools, Education and Hospitals (State Government), and Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing.

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