Minnesota lost 7,900 jobs in January, but the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, below the national average of 5.7 percent.
For the past year, though, the state has lagged the nation in growth.
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development reported the jobs results in its monthly report, and noted:
Over the past year, the state has gained 36,124 jobs, a 1.3 percent growth rate. The U.S. job growth rate during that period was 2.4 percent.
Losing sectors in January:
- Trade, transportation and utilities (down 6,000 jobs)
- Construction (down 1,700)
- Information (down 1,400)
- Manufacturing (down 1,100)
- Government (down 900)
- Other services (down 700)
- Logging and mining (down 100)
There were some gainers for the month:
- Professional and business services (2,200 new jobs)
- Education and health services (up 1,500)
- Leisure and hospitality (up 200)
- Financial activities (up 100)