Annual employment in Minnesota slipped two-tenth of a percentage point to 1.1 percent in April with the addition of 31,527 jobs over-the-year. The private sector gained 32,498 jobs, up 1.3 percent over the year.
U.S. employment grew 1.9 percent over the year with the private sector up 2.2 percent.
Eight major sectors added jobs over the year including Education & Health Care, up 17,800, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, up 4,820, Leisure & Hospitality, up 2,907, Construction, up 2,701, and Professional & Business Services, up 2,686 jobs over the year.
Only Logging & Mining, down 1,618, Information, down 1,481, and Government, down 971, lost jobs over the year.
Minnesota now exceeds U.S. growth rates in only Manufacturing and Education & Health Services.
Minnesota gained 15,600 jobs over the month in April on a seasonally adjusted basis. The private sector gained 15,900 jobs while Government lost 300.
Professional & Business Services added 6,700 jobs over the month, with growth driven mainly by Services to Buildings as well as Professional & Technical Services.
Retail Trade gave the biggest boost to Trade, Transportation & Utilities, which was up 2.800 jobs over the month. Other sectors with strong job growth over the month included Manufacturing, up 1,900 jobs with Durable Goods contributing the most to this increase and Leisure & Hospitality, up 1,500 jobs with the biggest gains in Bars & Restaurants.
Only two sectors lost jobs in over the month: Information was down 400 and Government was down 300.
National job growth was 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in April.