Minnesota employers added 2,900 jobs in June, but the way the statistics are figured that still led to a one-tenth of a percent increase in unemployment.
In May, the jobs number had been down 200.
Education/health services and construction were the leading growth sectors last month.
The monthly report from the Department of Employment and Economic Development said:
The state’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, up 0.1 percent from May. The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 5.3 percent.
The state has added 41,602 jobs since June 2014, a gain of 1.5 percent. U.S. job growth was 2.1 percent during the same period.
For the first time in six months, the labor force participation rate was down, to 70.6 percent.
For the past year, the report said, seven of the 11 sectors showed increases:
- Education and health services (up 11,529)
- Professional and business services (up 10,892)
- Trade, transportation and utilities (up 10,579)
- Leisure and hospitality (7,313)
- Manufacturing (up 2,841)
- Construction (up 1,103)
- Financial activities (up 599)
The four down sectors for the year:
- Government (down 2,031)
- Other services (down 775)
- Information (down 251)
- Logging and mining (down 197)
Regions up over the past year:
- Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.0 percent)
- Duluth-Superior MSA (up 1.5 percent)
- Mankato MSA (up 1.0 percent)