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MN Adds Jobs in June But Jobless Rate Rises 0.1%

Although Minnesota's unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.7 percent in June, it is still well below the national rate of 9.2 percent.

Minnesota employers added 13,200 jobs in June, but there was a slight rise in the state's unemployment rate, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state's unemployment rate increased 0.1 percent to 6.7 percent in June-still well below the national rate of 9.2 percent.

"The gain of 13,200 jobs in June is very good news," DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said in a statement. "While Minnesota continues to show steady improvement, it will take continued long-term, sustained job growth to impact the unemployment rate, which has stayed virtually unchanged for months."

The unemployment rates for the first five months of this year are as follows: January: 6.7 percent, February: 6.7 percent, March: 6.6 percent, April: 6.5 percent, and May: 6.6 percent.

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in terms of growth in June, adding 8,000 jobs. Other gains in June were in trade, transportation, and utilities (up 5,000); education and health services (up 2,400); government (up 1,700); manufacturing (up 800); and financial activities (up 300).

Job losses during the month occurred in construction (down 2,200), professional and business services (down 1,200), other services (down 900), mining and logging (down 400), and information (down 300).

DEED typically releases job gains and losses broken down by major metro areas in the state, but the agency was unable to do so Thursday morning because its employees were not in the office during the first 20 days of July due to the state shutdown.

DEED spokeswoman Kim Isenberg said that the agency worked with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Chicago to compile the statewide information for June and will have additional unemployment information for Minnesota within the next week.

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