Minnesota Adds 3,600 Jobs in April

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 3,600 seasonally adjusted jobs in April, according to figures released today (Thursday) by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Minnesota annual job gains were up 14,434 or 0.5 percent since last April, however, the first four months of 2019 have only netted 700 additional jobs.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.3 percent, an increase of one tenth of a percent from last month. In so doing, the number of unemployed Minnesotan’s topped 100,000 for the first time since August 2017.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent.

Over the year, construction had the largest annual gains with an increase of 11,511 jobs since last April. This rate of growth has only been achieved twice before with the most recent being April 2015.

“Many industries in Minnesota have seasonal employment – construction being one of the most prominent,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Despite our state’s tight labor market, the addition of 3,600 jobs this month is a sign that Minnesota employers are eager to ramp up for a busy spring and summer.”

Six of eleven major industry sectors gained jobs over the month in April. Manufacturing led the gains (up 1,600) followed by trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,500), education and health care (up 1,100), government (up 700), professional services and business services (up 500) and other services (up 400). Leisure and hospitality had the largest losses over the month (down 1,700) followed by financial activities (down 300), construction (down 100) and information (down 100).

All five Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) experienced over-the-year growth in April. St. Cloud MSA had the largest growth of 2.1 percent growth followed by Rochester MSA with 1.6 percent, Mankato MSA with 0.9 percent, Minneapolis-St. Paul with 0.3 percent and Duluth-Superior with 0.1 percent.

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