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Minnesota adds 8,500 jobs in June; unemployment rate drops to 4.5%

State officials say new government jobs made up nearly half the total rise.

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:

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“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)