Construction boost helps Minnesota add 7,400 jobs in April; unemployment down

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Employers in the construction industry helped Minnesota add another 7,400 jobs in April, as the state's unemployment rate fell.

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show Minnesota's jobless rate at 3.7 percent in April – down 0.1 percent from the month prior, and still well below the 5.4 percent national rate.

It means that the level of Minnesotan adults who are either in work or actively looking for work reached 70.7 percent in April, the highest labor force participation rate in 3 1/2 years.

Which industries are hiring?

Well the winter's over and construction season is in full swing – which is where most of the new jobs have been created.

The DEED data shows that there were 6,600 new construction jobs in the state last month. Also boosting employee numbers was the professional and business services sector (up 3,400), followed by trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,200) and manufacturing (up 900).

Also on the rise was the logging and mining sector (up 400), but this may not continue with taconite mining companies such as U.S. Steel planning to idle some of their plants in the coming months because of low demand.

The biggest job losses came in Government, which was down 2,500 positions in April, followed by education and health services – down 2,200.

There were also job losses in leisure and hospitality (down 600) and information (down 500).

Available jobs increase

The number of available jobs actually rose by 1.7 percent in April – although this is lower than the 2.2 percent growth rate nationally.

There has been a flurry in the number of new jobs created in Minnesota in the past three months, where 25,500 positions have opened up. More than 46,000 were created over the past year.

The Twin Cities metro area is where most jobs are being created, with more than 34,000 new jobs in the last 12 months (a 1.8 percent rise), with the Mankato and Duluth-Superior areas both rising 0.7 percent, and Rochester 0.6 percent.

Next Up

smoke, hazy sky, wildfire smoke

Hazy conditions may lift temporarily, but smoke will keep coming for MN

Drifting smoke "will likely remain with us for a while," one group warned.

Pixabay - covid face mask bicycle bike

Number of MN counties with high, substantial COVID transmission hits 64

Nine days ago, 14 counties passed that threshold. We're now up to 64.

rowdi billboard

Six months on, devoted family not giving up search to find missing Rowdi

Rowdi went missing on the North Shore in February, but Cory Carlson has hope Rowdi is still alive.

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Woman suffers fractured neck, leg after driver blows through stop sign

The crash happened early Thursday about 20 miles outside of Detroit Lakes.

suni lee

Watch: Suni Lee reunites with family after winning 3 Olympic medals

Suni said she wouldn't be where he is today without her family.

Julie blaha and melisa franzen

Blaha, Franzen reveal extent of injuries suffered in crash

The state auditor and state senator were driving home from FarmFest.

covid vaccine card

More than 11K Minnesotans signed up for $100 COVID incentive on Day 1

The new vaccination rewards program opened on Wednesday, and it has proven quite popular among the newly vaccinated.

jeremy jones richardson - pine county

Charges: Man broke into friend's home, killed him with his cane

Pieces of the victim's cane were found on his back, charges say.

Awwal Adebayo Ladipo Go Fund Me hospital

Charges: Fatal punch after fight led to fractured skull, brain bleed

The victim, a 25-year-old St. Cloud State grad, died two days later.

Pixabay - school - classroom

Minneapolis Public Schools to require face masks for staff, students

The rule goes into effect Monday, and will continue at the start of the new school year.

Related

Minn. employers add 5,900 jobs, unemployment rate ticks down to 5.8%

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the state's jobless rate fell a tenth of a percent to 5.8 percent last month after employers add 5,900 jobs, the Star Tribune reports. Education and health services led all sectors in September with 5,600 new positions. The government, manufacturing and information sectors shed the most jobs last month.

Construction jobs increased in Twin Cities in 2011, declined in Duluth, St. Cloud

1,400 new construction jobs in the Twin Cities made for a three percent increase compared to a year earlier. While Rochester held steady, Duluth and St. Cloud saw declines of six and two percent, respectively.