MN lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate is the same


The state lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the overall unemployment rate stayed the same for the fifth straight month.

The seasonally adjusted rate checked in at 3.7 percent for March, the Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday. The rate nationally is 5 percent.

Areas jobs were lost

Four different sectors lost 1,000 jobs or more during that span:

  • Education and health services (-1,700)
  • Construction (-1,600)
  • Leisure and hospitality (-1,400)
  • And other services (-1,000)

The government (-800) and information (-300) sectors were also down in March.

Areas jobs were added

The other five sectors the department routinely measures gained jobs though:

  • Professional and business services (+1,500) new jobs.
  • Manufacturing (+1,000)
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (+700)
  • Financial activities (+400)
  • Logging and mining (+300)

Jobs over the past year

Looking at the landscape over the past 12 months, all but two of the sectors have gained jobs. Logging and mining is down 1,391 jobs, while information is down 1,122.

Jobs in each metro area

Breaking it down by the state's metro regions, all but one of them – Duluth-Superior – have gained jobs over the past 12 months. Here's a look at that:

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