Minnesota Employment Tops 3 Million for First Time Ever
For the first time ever, more than 3 million Minnesotans in the workforce, due in part to big employment gains among leisure and hospitality companies during the month of June.
Figures released Thursday by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) show the state added a total of 4,400 jobs last month. Minnesota’s unemployment rate stayed steady at 3.7 percent, still below the national average of 4.4 percent.
In a statement, DEED commissioner Shawntera Hardy applauded the state’s industrial sectors, all 11 of which have post year-over-year employment gains.
“The labor market continues to put up impressive numbers, with Minnesota adding 314,261 jobs since the recession ended eight years ago in June,” she said. “All 11 of the state’s industrial sectors have gained jobs in the past year, and nine of the 11 are growing faster than nationally.”
Just in the last month, leisure and hospitality businesses created 4,500 new jobs. Other job gains were reported in professional and business services (up 2,300), manufacturing (up 2,100), government (up 1,500) and construction (up 900).
The largest job losses last month occurred in education and health services (down 2,700), followed by other services (down 1,500), financial activities (down 1,300), trade, transportation and utilities (down 700), information (down 600) and logging and mining (down 100).
Regionally, the largest annual increase in jobs—approximately 3.3 percent—has come from the Twin Cities area. In fact, every major region of the state has seen job growth, DEED said. The Duluth-Superior area reported an employment increase of 2.8 percent, as did St. Cloud (up 2.6 percent), Mankato (up 2 percent) and Rochester (up 1.9 percent).