This section shows the Carlton County Minnesota economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Carlton County shows it has a Median earnings of $53,151 which is the largest of all counties in the greater Carlton County region. Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, Carlton County is about the same size. Also, in contrast to the state of Minnesota, median earnings per worker of $57,586, Carlton County is about 8.3% smaller.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $68,579 which is the largest of all counties in the greater Carlton County region. Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, Carlton County is about the same size. Also, measured against the state of Minnesota, median household income of $77,706, Carlton County is about 13.3% smaller.
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the Carlton County metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it has the smallest proportion of earnings between $10,000 and $14,999 at 4.9% of the total. Second, it has the largest proportion of earnings between $20,000 and $49,999 at 26.1% of the total and is ranked #1. Third, it has the largest proportion of earnings between $50,000 and $74,999 at 10.7% of the total and is ranked #1. Also, it has the largest proportion of earnings between $75,000 and $99,999 at 6.7% of the total and is ranked #1. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $26.76 which is the largest of all counties in the greater Carlton County region. Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, Carlton County is only slightly larger. Also, in comparison with the state of Minnesota, average hourly earnings of $28.99, Carlton County is about 8.3% smaller.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Carlton County metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Carlton County depicts it has a Self Employed of 8.6% which is the second smallest as measured by percentage of people self employed of all the other counties in the area. The county with the highest percentage of people self employed in the area is Kanabec County which shows a percentage self employed of 15.3% (78.6% larger).
Figure 6 breaks down the source of income and Carlton County has the smallest proportion of income from wages at 3.0% of the total. Second, it has the smallest proportion of investment and retirement income at 9.0% of the total. Third, it has the smallest proportion of social security at 0.8% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 27.9% which is less than most other counties in the area. The county with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Aitkin County which depicts a households with retirement income of 36.8% (31.6% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Carlton County depicts full time employees approximately 3.1 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. Carlton County depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 24% for the self employed in construction classification.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Carlton County depicts it has the hightest cost of 117.2 for the cost of utilities classification.
Carlton County Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Carlton County shows it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 11.8% which is the third most percent of people earning less than the poverty level of all other counties in the greater Carlton County region. The county with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the area is Washburn County which depicts a percent of people in poverty of 12.8% (8.2% larger).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) Carlton County depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 9.5% which is less than most other counties in the local area. The county with the highest households with public assistance in the area is Burnett County which shows a households with public assistance of 12.6% (32.5% larger).
Carlton County Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Carlton County employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate depicts that from February 2017 to before the COVID-19 Pandemic it went from 6.4% to 5.4% in December 2019. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 15.6%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 5.4%. This represents an increase in the monthly unemployment rate of very little.
Carlton County Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
Carlton County Work Commute Charts
Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Carlton County or elsewhere.) Carlton County has the largest proportion of people who drove alone at 81% of the total and is ranked #1. Second, it has the smallest proportion of people who carpooled at 8% of the total. Third, it has the largest proportion of people who take Light rail, streetcar or trolley at 0% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. Carlton County indicates it has a Avg Commute Time of 22 which is the smallest as measured by average commute time of all the other counties in the local area.
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