Minnesota employers added 8,500 jobs in June, a strong showing that dropped the state’s unemployment rate to 4.5 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate is 6.1 percent.
For the calendar year, Minnesota has a net job gain of 10,700, today’s report said.
Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, said:
“The unemployment rate hasn’t been this low since February 2007, while new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to their lowest level in nearly 14 years.”
A breakdown of the job increases shows that 3,900 new jobs were created by government. Other gainers:
- Education and health services (up 3,500)
- Trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,200)
- Financial activities (up 600)
- Information (up 500)
- Professional and business services (up 300)
- Logging and mining (up 200)
Sectors losing jobs last month:
- Other services (down 1,400)
- Manufacturing (down 900)
- Leisure and hospitality (down 300)
- Construction (down 100)