MN adds jobs, but unemployment rate goes up slightly in June


The state's unemployment rate went up for the second consecutive month, coming in at 3.9 percent for the month of June, according to new figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (known as DEED).

The uptick came despite the state actually adding 2,900 jobs that month – a reversal from May when 200 jobs were lost. The unemployment rate came in at 3.7 percent in April, and 3.8 percent in May.

Two industries accounted for most of the gains: Education and health services led all sectors with 3,200 added jobs last month, followed by construction with 2,600 new jobs.

The latter number actually lifted the construction sector to more than 110,000 total jobs – the highest it's been since July 2008, according to DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.

As for the other sectors measured:

  • Business services: +200
  • Financial activities: +100
  • Logging and mining: No change
  • Other services: -300
  • Leisure and hospitality: -400
  • Information: -500
  • Government: -600
  • Trade, transportation and utilities: -600
  • Manufacturing: -800

The national unemployment rate for June was 5.3 percent.

Minnesota’s labor force participation rate declined slightly in June for the first time in six months, falling to 70.6 percent.

What is labor force participation rate? It's the entire labor force (all people 16 years of age or older who are employed or unemployed and looking for a job) divided by the number of people who are 16 and older and considered civilian (so non-military) non-institutionalized (so not in a prison or mental health facility).

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From June of 2014 to June this year, the state added 41,602 jobs, a gain of 1.5 percent. (The U.S. job growth was 2.1 percent during those same 12 months.) Seven of the state's 11 sectors gained jobs during that period as well.

Looking at the regional numbers, the Twin Cities, Duluth-Superior and Mankato have all gained jobs over the past year; the Rochester and St. Cloud regions are down slightly.

DEED makes alternative measures of unemployment available as well, such as unemployment rates split by race or age. Click here to see them.

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