The unemployment rate fell half a percentage point even as employers cut 13,700 jobs in November. The chief of the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development says the mixed results make it hard to draw conclusions about how the labor market is really doing but says he's "cautiously optimistic."
DEED: Minnesota jobless rate climbs to 5.9 percent in August
Employers in Minnesota cut 2,000 jobs last month, according to state labor officials with the Department of Employment and Economic Development. The Star Tribune reports, the state's unemployment rate went up one-tenth of a point from July to 5.9 percent. The national jobless figure was 8.1 percent in August.