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Minnesota's unemployment rate falls again – but figures are called 'disappointing'

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Down further we go.

The unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 3.6 percent in December – the sixth straight month with a decline, according to a release from the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development (also known as DEED).

That number is 0.1 percent lower than the previous month's jobless rate of 3.6 percent.

Yet DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben called the most recent figures "disappointing."

Why?

Well, the state actually lost jobs in December, about 5,200 of them.

Here's a look at how the state compares to the national numbers:

Which industries gained jobs?

Trade, transportation and utilities gained the most jobs last month, adding 4,100 new gigs. The services sector added 400, and information gained 300. The logging and mining industry was basically unchanged.

Who lost jobs?

The biggest drop came in government, which lost 4,200 jobs in December.

Education and health services was down 1,500, manufacturing down 1,400 and financial activities down 1,100.

Leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and construction all lost jobs as well.

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