MN Jobless Rate Slid to 6.5% in April

The state lost more than 5,000 jobs in April, but the unemployment rate fell slightly during the month, due in part to revised March figures.

Minnesota's unemployment rate slid 0.1 percent to 6.5 percent in April, despite the fact that it lost 5,200 jobs during the month, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said on Thursday.

The state's jobless rate continues to remain well below the national average, which climbed 0.2 percent to 9 percent.

The state lost the most jobs-5,700-in the construction industry, but some of the losses were offset by a revision to March's employment data.

Minnesota's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in March, and the state originally reported that employers added 2,800 jobs during the month. DEED since revised that data-doubling the number of jobs gained to 5,500.

“The loss of construction jobs followed two consecutive months of growth in that sector,” DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said in a statement. “Colder-than-normal temperatures in April might have been a factor, but next month's report will give us a better indication of whether that was the case.”

In addition to the construction industry, job losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (down 2,800), other services (down 2,600), manufacturing (down 300), information (down 100), and government (down 100).

Some sectors, however, added jobs during the month: leisure and hospitality (up 3,100), professional and business services (up 2,600), education and health services (up 500), and logging and mining (up 200).

During the last year, Rochester's employment has climbed 0.3 percent, while the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has remained flat. The following areas have lost jobs during the 12-month period: Duluth-Superior (down 0.7 percent), Mankato (down 0.4 percent), and St. Cloud (down 0.2 percent).