Minnesota adds 9,500 jobs in December; unemployment rate stays at 4.6%

Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in December, and the November numbers were revised upwards by 1,700, bringing the state’s job growth to 45,900 in 2013, state officials said Thursday.

The state’s unemployment rate remained at 4.6% in December; the national rate is 6.7%.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said of the numbers: “Eleven out of 12 major industrial sectors gained jobs last year, and leading indicators point to continued growth in 2014.”

In December, job gains came in these sectors:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities, 4,600 new jobs
  • Government, up 2,600
  • Manufacturing, up 1,700
  • Education and health services, up 1,200
  • Professional and business services, up 1,000
  • Construction, up 400
  • Logging and mining, up 100

Losing jobs in December were:

  • Leisure and hospitality, down 800
  • Other services, down 700
  • Financial activities, down 500
  • Information, down 100.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 01/27/2014 - 07:57 am.

    Meanwhile in Wisconsin …

    And in Wisconsin, the economy is stagnating or in decline.

    Thanks, Gov. Walker, for applying your union-busting, ideologically driven austerity measures in my home state.

    The results are awesome!

    Surely you’ve reached your campaign pledge of adding 250,000 jobs by now, right?

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