Little change in Minnesota’s May employment report: unemployment up a tick to 3.8%

Minnesota’s job market remained overall quite steady in May, with employers cutting 200 jobs and the unemployment rate rising one 0.1 percent to 3.8 percent.

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development’s monthly report shows variation within industries, though, last month:

Up in May:

  • Trade, transportation and utilities, 6,600 new jobs.
  • Financial activities (up 900)
  • Government (up 300)
  • Construction (up 200)
  • Information (up 200)

Down in May:

  • Professional and business services (down 4,400)
  • Leisure and hospitality (down 1,600)
  • Manufacturing (down 1,000)
  • Education and health services (down 900)
  • Logging and mining (down 300)
  • Other services (down 200)

The report says that the state has added 38,383 jobs since May 2014, a gain of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth was 2.2 percent during the same period.

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