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More Minnesota jobs gained in May; unemployment drops to 4.6%

State officials report 10,300 jobs were added in the state last month; the professional and business services sector gained the most.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low in May, when the state added 10,300 more jobs, officials said Thursday morning.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development said the state has now added 45,617 jobs in the past year, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 4.7 percent in April to 4.6 percent in May, the lowest in seven years.

The U.S. unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent.

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said she’s encouraged to see that the state’s construction and manufacturing sectors have each added more than 9,000 jobs in the past year.

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The normal ups and downs in employment sectors continued in May, with professional and business services adding 4,100 jobs, construction, up 3,800; manufacturing, up 2,900; information, up 900; other services, up 500; and trade, transportation and utilities, up 100.

Logging and mining was unchanged.

Losing sectors were government, down 1,300, leisure and hospitality, down 500, financial activities, down 100, and education and health services, down 100.