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Minnesota job numbers up in August to pre-recession levels

State officials said today that Minnesota gained 12,200 jobs in August. They said the state has now recovered all the jobs lost in the recession that began in 2008.

The state unemployment level dropped to 5.1 percent in August, the lowest rate since April, 2008.

The national unemployment rate in August was 7.3 percent.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben called today’s report a “major milestone” in the state’s recovery:

“We’ve now recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession, which is one of many positive indicators pointing to continued economic growth.”

Areas of biggest growth in August:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities, up 6,000
  • Education and health care, up 5,500
  • Other services, up 2,300
  • Government, up 1,900
  • Construction, up 1,100
  • Leisure and hospitality, up 700
  • Financial activities, up 100

The big losers:

  • Manufacturing, lost 3,400 jobs
  • Professional and business services, down 1,100
  • Information, down 900.

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