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State Loses 100 Jobs in February

Unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

March 26, 2014

Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
Madeline.Koch@state.mn.us


ST. PAUL –
Minnesota employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The loss, combined with a revised gain of 800 jobs in January, brought total job growth in the state over the past year to 44,714, a growth rate of 1.6 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent during that period.

The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent, well below the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent.

The state’s labor force participation rate climbed 0.2 percent for the second consecutive month to reach 70.5 percent. That two-month gain was the biggest jump in the labor force participation rate in 13 years. Minnesota is now 5,200 participants shy of having a record 3 million people in its labor force.

“While job growth slowed last month, most Minnesota employment sectors are well ahead of where they were a year ago,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Manufacturing added jobs for the fifth month in a row, and construction is growing at more than three times the national pace.”

Job gains last month were in education and health services (up 1,300), professional and business services (up 1,300), leisure and hospitality (up 900), manufacturing (up 300), construction (up 300) and mining and logging (up 100).

Job losses were in information (down 1,000), government (down 1,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 1,000), financial activities (down 800) and other services (down 500).

Over the past year, education and health services led all sectors with 13,433 new jobs. Other job gains were in trade, transportation and utilities (up 8,311), construction (up 6,766), manufacturing (up 6,541), professional and business services (up 5,591), other services (up 3,104), leisure and hospitality (up 2,908), information (up 683) and logging and mining (up 121).

Over-the-year job losses were in government (down 1,618) and financial activities (down 1,126).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Mankato MSA (up 2.4 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.3 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.2 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.8 percent) and the Rochester MSA (up 0.4 percent).

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Seasonally adjusted

 

Not seasonally adjusted

 

Unemployment Rate

February  
2014

January 
2014

February
2014

February 
2013

Minnesota 

4.8

4.7

5.5

5.9

U.S. 

6.7

6.6

7.0

8.1

Employment

February
2014

January 
2014

Feb. ‘13-
Feb. ‘14
Level Change

Feb. ‘13-
Feb. ‘14
% Change

Minnesota  

2,812,400

2,812,500

44,714

1.6

U.S.

137,699,000

137,524,000

2,071,000

1.5

 

 

Over The Year Employment Growth By Industry Sector (NSA)

 

OTY Job Change

OTY Growth Rate (%)

U.S. OTY             Growth Rate (%)

Total Non-Farm Employment

44,714

1.6

1.5

Logging and Mining

121

1.8

3.4

Construction

6,766

8.5

2.6

Manufacturing

6,541

2.2

0.5

Trade, Trans. and Utilities

8,311

1.7

1.9

Information

683

1.3

-2.5

Financial Activities

-1,126

-0.6

0.8

Prof. and Bus. Services

5,591

1.7

3.7

Ed. and Health Services

13,433

2.7

1.5

Leisure and Hospitality

2,908

1.2

2.9

Other Services

3,104

2.7

0.6

Government

-1,618

-0.4

-0.2

 

 

Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY
Employment Change
(#, NSA)

OTY
Employment Change
(%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

21,928

1.2

Duluth-Superior MN-WI MSA

1,093

0.8

Rochester MSA

376

0.4

St. Cloud MSA

2,326

2.3

Mankato MSA

1,285

2.4

 

 

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