Minnesota job growth down in February, but still better than last year

Minnesota officials say the state lost 100 jobs in February, but the numbers are still way up for the past year.

The state’s adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.8%, compared with the national rate of 6.7%.

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development said revised figures show a gain of 800 jobs in January, so the state added 44,714 jobs over the past year.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in statement:

While job growth slowed last month, most Minnesota employment sectors are well ahead of where they were a year ago,. Manufacturing added jobs for the fifth month in a row, and construction is growing at more than three times the national pace.

Top gaining sectors over the past year were:

  • Education and health services with 13,433 new jobs
  • Trade, transportation and utilities (up 8,311)
  • Construction (up 6,766)
  • Manufacturing (up 6,541)
  • Professional and business services (up 5,591)
  • Other services (up 3,104)
  • Leisure and hospitality (up 2,908)
  • Information (up 683)
  • Logging and mining (up 121)

Down sectors over the year were:

  • Government (down 1,618)
  • Financial activities (down 1,126)

By region, the numbers were:

  • Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (up 2.4 percent)
  • St. Cloud MSA (up 2.3 percent)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.2 percent)
  • Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.8 percent)
  • Rochester MSA (up 0.4 percent).

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