Minnesota employers added 7,400 jobs in April, which brought the state unemployment rate down to 3.7 percent.
That’s a tick better than last month’s adjusted 3.8 percent, and lower than the national average of 5.4 percent.
The Department of Employment and Economic Development, which compiled the report, said the state’s labor force participation rate grew to 70.7 percent, the highest in 3½ years.
The construction industry led the way in April, with 6,600 new jobs.
Other growing sectors were:
- Professional and business services (up 3,400)
- Trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,200)
- Manufacturing (up 900)
- Logging and mining (up 400)
Sectors losing jobs in the month were:
- Government, (down 2,500 jobs in April)
- Education and health services (down 2,200)
- Other services (down 700)
- Leisure and hospitality (down 600)