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Minnesota lost jobs in April, and March wasn’t as good as first reported

The monthly report says the state lost 4,200 jobs in April, and March numbers were downgraded, from 2,600 to 700 gained.

Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in April, according to the state report released today.

And the March numbers were downgraded: the 2,600 jobs reportedly gained that month was dropped to 700 jobs gained.

The state’s unemployment rate, when seasonally adjusted, actually dropped, though, from 4.8 percent to 4.7 percent.

Stae Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, was unbowed by the numbers and took the long view:

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“While hiring slowed in April, the overall trend remains positive, with all but one of the state’s industrial sectors adding jobs over the past year.”

The state’s reported numbers show:

Manufacturers added 2,400 jobs in April, reaching a post-recession high of 315,000 jobs. Other sectors that added jobs in April were government (up 1,500) and information (up 200). Trade, transportation and utilities held steady.

The following industries lost jobs: construction (down 2,200), professional and business services (down 2,200), leisure and hospitality (down 1,700), financial activities (down 800), education and health services (down 700), other services (down 600), and logging and mining (down 100).