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).