MN Unemployment Dips to 6.6% in March

The state's jobless rate dropped a modest 0.1 percent during the month as employers added 2,800 jobs.

Minnesota's jobless rate in March totaled 6.6 percent-down about 0.1 percent from February, when the rate held steady from the previous month-according to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state's unemployment rate remained well below the national average of 8.8 percent, which also decreased by 0.1 percent from February.

DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said that March marked yet another month of job growth in the state, as the state's employers added 2,800 jobs.

“The March figures reflect a continuing pattern of slow but steady progress in the Minnesota labor market,” Phillips said in a statement. “Through the first three months of the year, we've gained 7,300 jobs.”

The state added the most jobs-1,900-in the leisure and hospitality sector. Other job gains during the month were in education and health services (up 1,500); construction (up 1,200); manufacturing (up 300); trade, transportation, and utilities (up 300); and other services (up 100).

The following sectors, however, lost jobs during the month: professional and business services (down 1,200); financial activities (down 800); government (down 300); information (down 100); and logging and mining (down 100).

During the past year, Minnesota's metropolitan areas have added jobs, led by St. Cloud, which is up 2 percent. Mankato is up 1.1 percent, the Twin Cities are up 0.8 percent, Rochester is up 0.5 percent, and Duluth-Superior is up 0.1 percent.


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