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Fun With Statistics

by Dave Senf
david.senf@state.mn.us
January 2018

The most common occupations in Minnesota as reported by Minnesotans on the American Community Survey are office and administrative support occupations such bookkeepers, customer service representatives, and secretaries. The 365,700 jobs in the Office and Administrative Support Occupational Group accounted for 12.8 percent of all employment in Minnesotans. The smallest occupational group is farming, fishing, and forestry. About 21,500 jobs exist in Minnesota in this occupational group, or about 0.8 percent of all employment. Farmers aren’t included in this major group but are counted in the management occupational group.

Share of employment accounted for by major occupational groups at the county level can differ significantly from statewide numbers. Office and administrative support occupations account for 8.6 percent of jobs in Cook County and 15.7 percent in Steele County.

Below is a map that shows the Office and Administrative Support employment by county in Minnesota based on 2012-2016 American Community Survey data. (Data is from the 2012-2016 ACS Table C24010 – Sex By Occupation for the Civilian Employed Population 16 Years and Over.)

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