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Thousands of Jobs Added to MN in May and June

July 18, 2019 06:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota officials say thousands of jobs were added in both May and June holding the state's unemployment rate at 3.3%.

That's according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7%. 

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May’s previously announced gain of 100 jobs was revised upward to 2,000 jobs. The state has now gained jobs in four consecutive months for the first time since February 2018. Annual employment growth rebounded to 20,992 for a 0.7% gain. 

Minnesota’s labor force participate rate also inched up a tenth point to an even 70%.  

But officials say while this is good news, employers are still struggling to find workers to fill some of the most in-demand jobs out there.

Seven major industry sectors gained jobs in June. Education and healthcare and other services were both up 1,500 jobs. Other areas experiencing growth were manufacturing (up 1,400), financial activities (up 400), leisure and hospitality (up 400), government (up 200) and logging and mining (up 100). 

Areas experiencing loss were professional and business services (down 1,500), trade, transportation and utilities (down 300), construction (down 200) and information (down 200). 

All five of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) experienced over-the-year growth in June. Rochester MSA had the highest growth with 1.4% followed by St. Cloud MSA with 1.3% and Mankato with 1.2%. Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA had just 0.4% growth and Duluth-Superior MSA had 0.1% growth. 

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