Unemployment Insurance Claims

The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims was largely constant from February, declining by 66 to 17,729 in March. More of the claims came from Construction (3,924) than any other industry group, which is common for the highly seasonal industry, though well down from the winter’s high of 12,107 claims in November 2014. Claims were down significantly on an annual basis, with 2,383 (11.8 percent) fewer in March 2015 than in March 2014. The only reported industry groups to see an over-the-year increase in claims were Construction (up 7 percent), Wholesale Trade (up 0.8 percent), Transportation and Warehousing (up 9.4 percent), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (up 0.5 percent). Claims were down in all economic development regions save the Northwest (up 8.5 percent) and Arrowhead (up 2.6 percent) regions. Claims were down for people of all education levels, races, genders, and ethnicities reported.

Graph: Minnesota UI Change in Initial Claims

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Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)