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Minnesota gained 2,600 jobs in March, but lost 1,100 more in February

State unemployment rate stays at 4.8 percent, vs. national rate of 6.7 percent.

State officials said today that the Minnesota job market improved in March, with 2,600 jobs added.

But revisions from February show a loss of 1,100 jobs that month, in addition to the 100 lost jobs reported at the time. Overall, in the past year, the state has added 41,582 jobs, the report said.

The state’s unemployment rate remains at 4.8 percent, better than the national rate of 6.7 percent. DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said:

“Minnesota is adding jobs at a steady pace and now has added 33,000 more jobs than its previous all-time employment peak that occurred right before the recession. After extreme winter weather and a slow start to the year, March gains indicate renewed strength in the economy and continued growth in the months to come.”