Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, which dropped the overall state unemployment rate to 3.9 percent, the lowest since 2006.
The current national unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.
Update: State officials initially said that the reported 28,300 new jobs since August shows the highest three-month growth span on record, although those records only go back to 1990. Later Thursday, though, they walked that back and said:
A closer look at the data, however, indicates four other three-month periods have experienced stronger job growth in Minnesota since 1990.
Some October job sector details:
- Trade, transportation and utilities, 5,200 new jobs
- Education and health services, up 4,500
- Manufacturing, up 2,300
- Other services, up 1,200
- Construction, up 900
- Logging and mining, up 100
- Leisure and hospitality, down 2,100
- Professional and business services, down 1,300
- Government, down 700
- Financial activities, down 400
- Information, down 200