Minnesota gains 12,100 jobs in January

Minnesota officials say 12,100 jobs were added in the state during January.

The monthly report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development means the state has regained about 90 percent of the jobs lost during the recession.

The seasonally adjusted numbers, though, show an increase in the state’s unemployment rate: 5.6 percent in January, from a revised 5.4 percent in December. The national rate was 7.9 percent in January.

State officials were happy with the numbers.

“The Minnesota labor market is staging a robust comeback, with all 11 industrial sectors showing year-over-year growth rates for the first time since 2000,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector had the most job gains in January, adding 4,100 jobs. Financial activities was the only sector that lost jobs in January, down 100.

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