Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 3.8 despite state losing 5,700 jobs


Minnesota lost 5,700 jobs in the month of September, but the unemployment rate still dropped by 0.2 percent, figures released by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Thursday morning show.

That's a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent – slightly lower than the 4 percent unemployment rate in August. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September.

“Minnesota has added more than 235,000 jobs since hitting the low point of the recession in September 2009,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in the release. “Despite last month’s job losses, six of the state’s major employment sectors are up from a year ago.”

Here's a look at how the unemployment rate breaks down by metro area:

Which industries did well?

Both leisure and hospitality (up 2,400 jobs) and professional and business services (up 1,800) added jobs in September.

However, many sectors lost jobs, including: other services (down 2,500 in September), education and health services (down 2,200), trade, transportation and utilities (down 1,900), construction (down 1,700), financial activities (down 600), information (down 500), government (down 300), manufacturing (down 100), and logging and mining (down 100).

Despite job losses in September, many sectors are up when compared to last year. Education and health services had the most job gains in the past 12 months, adding 13,497 new jobs.

Other sectors that gained jobs over the past year: professional and business services (up 11,109 jobs), leisure and hospitality (up 9,714), trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,312), financial activities (up 3,744) and manufacturing (up 146).

Five sectors lost jobs: government (down 3,709), construction (down 2,170), other services (down 1,615), logging and mining (down 429), and information (down 357).

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