Minnesota Added 15K Jobs in April, Most in Nearly 4 Years
Employers ramped up hiring activity in April, particularly in education and health care services, leading to Minnesota’s highest monthly jobs gain since September 2013, according to a state report.
Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday that the unemployment rate did not fluctuate from 3.8 percent, despite the addition of 15,100 jobs.
The state’s unemployment rate continues to top the national average, which stands at 4.4 percent.
Ongoing demand for nurses and other health care practitioners pushed the state’s education and health services sectors to create 18,600 jobs last year, the most of any industry sector. The need for workers in the sector led to another 4,300 job additions in April.
Altogether, about three-quarters of the state’s industry sectors increased their workforce numbers last month. Hiring activity was up in construction (up 3,600), government (up 3,000), professional and business services (up 2,700), manufacturing (up 1,100), other services (1,000), leisure and hospitality (up 500) and information (up 200).
Job losses were reported by employers in trade, transportation and utilities (down 700), financial activities (down 500) and logging and mining (down 100).
“Minnesota has already added nearly 23,000 jobs in the first four months of 2017,” DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said in a statement. “That job growth combined with rising wages and increasing work hours all point to strong labor market conditions statewide.”