MN adds 7,300 jobs, but unemployment rate doesn't change

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Minnesota added 7,300 jobs in the month of August, but the overall unemployment rate didn't change, according to figures released by the Department of Employment and Economic Development Thursday morning.

The state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate sits at 4 percent – unchanged from July. The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.1 percent.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben called the private sector job gains healthy, noting they added more than 12,000 jobs during August.

Which industries did well?

Professional and business services, and the leisure and hospitality sector, each added 4,600 jobs in the last month.

Also gaining: education and health services (up 2,900), financial activities (up 1,600), logging and mining (up 200) and information (up 200).

The sectors that lost jobs: government (down 5,000 jobs in August), manufacturing (down 1,000), other services (down 400), construction (down 200), and trade, transportation and utilities (down 200).

And here's a look at the metro area performance over the past year:

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