Unemployment Insurance Claims

Initial unemployment insurance claims were up slightly in September with 13,757 claims on the month, compared to 11,873 in August. The largest numerical increase came in the Construction industry, where claims increased by 527 to 2,406 as the summer season began its usual fall slow down. Initial claims were down sharply over the year, with 6.9 percent fewer than in September 2013. The only industries to see an annual increase in claims were Management of Companies and Enterprises, which had 263 claims in September (an increase of 27.7 percent over last year) and Public Administration with 354 claims (up 0.9 percent). The largest proportional drop over the year came in Educational Services, which had 18.5 percent fewer claims than in September 2013.

Graph: Minnesota UI Change in Initial Claims

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Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)