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Minn. jobless rate dips to 5.7 percent, state adds 11K jobs

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Minnesota's unemployment rate slipped down to 5.7 percent in November, Department of Employment and Economic Development officials said in a report Thursday. It was 5.9 in October.

The state rate compares to the national unemployment rate of 7.7 for November.

Minnesota had a net gain of 10,800 jobs in November, state officials said. In the past 12 months, the state has picked up 55,200 jobs, the report says.

“The Minnesota labor market continues to make progress, having recovered more than 100,000 jobs since September 2009,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said.

State officials also said the trade, transportation and utilities industries led others with 5,200 new jobs in November. Other gains were found in education and health services (up 3,800), leisure and hospitality (up 3,200), construction (up 1,300) and manufacturing (up 800).

It was a relatively bad month for professional and business services (down 1,900), information (down 1,300), government (down 1,300), financial activities (down 400), and mining and logging (down 100).

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