Jobless rate ticks up as Minnesota employers shed 200 positions

But "the underlying fundamentals of the economy remain strong," said the chief of the state's employment department. The trade, transportation and utility industries were the biggest job gainers in March, while government, manufacturing and construction led the losses.
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But "the underlying fundamentals of the economy remain strong," said the chief of the state's employment department. The trade, transportation and utility industries were the biggest job gainers in March, while government, manufacturing and construction led the losses.

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