Jobless rate is at 5.9%; employers eliminate 2000 jobs in August

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NEWS RELEASE — St. Paul, MN — The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.9 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state unemployment rate remained well below the U.S. rate, which was 8.1 percent in August.

State employers eliminated 2,000 jobs last month, while the July figures were revised downward by 2,000 jobs, reducing total job gains for that month to 4,800. The state has added 24,500 jobs in the past year, a growth rate of 0.9 percent.

“Despite solid job gains in the previous two months, the labor market is still struggling to find its footing,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. “The long-term trend remains positive, however, with the majority of business sectors reporting job growth over the past year.”

Government added 5,400 jobs in August, followed by education and health services (up 1,900), information (up 900), and leisure and hospitality (up 300).

Job losses occurred during the month in trade, transportation and utilities (down 3,400), manufacturing (down 2,700), construction (down 1,300), financial activities (down 1,100), other services (down 1,100), professional and business services (down 600), and logging and mining (down 300).

Over the past year, job gains have occurred in professional and business services (up 11,700), education and health services (up 11,400), government (up 10,000), manufacturing (up 2,100), information (up 1,700), financial activities (up 1,600), construction (up 1,600), and logging and mining (up 100).

Year-over-year job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (down 8,300), trade, transportation and utilities (down 6,700), and other services (down 500).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the St. Cloud MSA (up 2.5 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.1 percent), Mankato MSA (up 1 percent) and Rochester MSA (up 0.1 percent). Job losses occurred in the Duluth-Superior MSA (down 1.5 percent).

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit DEED at Follow DEED on Twitter at


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