Minnesota lost 3,900 jobs in July, unemployment rises to 4 percent

Jobs numbers in Minnesota were down in July and the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of one percent to 4 percent, state officials said.

The national unemployment rate in July was 5.3 percent.

The state lost 3,900 jobs in the month, although June’s numbers were revised upwards by 2,700, giving June an increase of 5,600 jobs.

Numbers for the month, according to the report from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, show government was the big hiring engine in July, creating 2,700 new jobs.

Other “up” sectors for the month were:

  • Professional and business services, up 1,400 jobs
  • Financial activities, up 500
  • Logging and mining, up 300
  • Information, up 100

Sectors shedding jobs in the month were:

  • Leisure and hospitality, down 3,700
  • Construction, down 2,000
  • Trade, transportation and utilities, down 1,700
  • Education and health services, down 1,200
  • Manufacturing, down 300
  • Other services, down 100

Over the past year, Minnesota has gained 43,719 jobs, a growth rate of 1.5 percent, the report said.

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