Minnesota added 600 jobs in January; total employment now a record 2.8 million

Minnesota gained 600 jobs in January; not bad, officials said, considering the extremely cold weather.

The adjusted unemployment rare remains at 4.7 percent, said the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.

And the department said, state employment has topped 2.8 million workers, the highest number ever.

January held a mixed bag for employment in various industries. Gainers included:

  • Leisure and hospitality, 3,000 new jobs.
  • Manufacturing (up 2,000)
  • Education and health care (up 1,200)
  • Professional and business services (up 900)

Losers were:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities (down 3,200)
  • Financial activities (down 1,200)
  • Information (down 1,100)
  • Construction (down 900)
  • Government (down 300)

Said the DEED report:

The sixth consecutive month of job gains in January brought total job growth in the state during the past year to 52,160, a growth rate of 1.9 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.8 percent. Minnesota has regained 190,400 jobs since the low point of the recession and is 31,400 jobs above the state’s pre-recessionary peak.

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