The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims declined in April, which ended with 15,376 claims, or 2,353 fewer than in March. The Construction industry once again led the way with 2,803 claims for the month, though the gap between that and the other industry groups shrank dramatically as employment picked up with the spring weather. Manufacturing came in with 2,369 initial claims, just 434 fewer than Construction. Claims were also down annually, with 10.4 percent fewer last month than in April of 2014. A number of industries did see increases in initial claims, including Manufacturing (up 15.1 percent), Wholesale Trade (17.9 percent), Management of Companies and Enterprises (10.1 percent) and Mining (up 88.1 percent, though that only represents an increase of 37 claims). Claims were up for the year in the Northwest (39.8 percent), Southwest (38.7 percent), South Central (9.7 percent) and Upper Minnesota Valley (169.4 percent), and down in the nine remaining Economic Development Regions.
Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)