More jobs, fewer jobless as monthly Minnesota unemployment rate slides


Minnesota's monthly unemployment report contained more positive economic news.

The Pioneer Press has the numbers from the state's Department of Employment and Economic Security that show that the state had a 5.2 percent jobless rate in June. That's one-tenth of a percent lower than May's monthly stats. Minnesota's economy again outperformed that of the U.S rate, which stood at 7.6 percent.

The Star Tribune notes that the state added only 400 jobs in June. A gain of 2,500 jobs were offset by a 2,100 decline in government employment, driven by the typical decline in summer employment at state universities.
On the bright side, the newspaper reports that online help wanted postings went up, unemployment claims dropped to its lowest level since March 2008, and temporary employment set an all-time record at 68,200 jobs.

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