Regional Analysis

by Amanda Rohrer
July 2013

Monthly analysis is based on unadjusted employment data.

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

Employment in the Twin Cities increased 0.9 percent (16,000) over the month and 2.9 percent (51,289) over the year. Government employment fell 0.5 percent (1,168) over the month. The loss was largely State and Local Government Educational Services, which often decline in summer months. Over the year, Government employment was up 2.6 percent (6,046). In the Private Sector, Goods-Producing industries fared better over the month, increasing 2.6 percent (6,373) overall. Mining, Logging, and Construction accounted for most of that (up 6.6 percent, 4,116), but Manufacturing was also up (1.2 percent, 2,257). On the whole, Service-Providing industries grew much more moderately, with the most significant monthly changes occurring in Professional and Business Services (up 2.1 percent, 5,843), in Leisure and Hospitality (up 4.0 percent, 7,089), and in Educational and Health Services (down 1.2 percent, 3,656).

Duluth-Superior MSA

Employment in the Duluth-Superior MSA decreased 0.2 percent (199) over the month, but increased 0.4 percent (577) over the year. Some Private industries fared well over the month: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities increased 1.2 percent (297), Professional and Business Services increased 2.8 percent (208), and Leisure and Hospitality increased 5.1 percent (734). However, they were outpaced by losses in Government (down 4.0 percent, 1081), in Educational and Health Services (down 1.0 percent, 299), and in Mining, Logging, and Construction (down 3.1 percent, 256).

Rochester MSA

In the Rochester MSA employment increased 1.7 percent (1,862) over the month and 0.6 percent (673) over the year. The largest monthly gains were in Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 7.0 percent, 230) and in Manufacturing (up 4.8 percent, 472), but both industries were down over the year. Government employment increased 3.5 percent over the month (380), but also fell over the year. Most Private Service- Providing industries increased or decreased only slightly, resulting in an overall monthly increase in the category of 0.9 percent (780).

St. Cloud MSA

Employment in the St. Cloud MSA decreased 0.1 percent (125) over the month, but increased 2.2 percent (2,214) over the year. The monthly losses came from Public Sector employment (down 4.6 percent, 740). Of the Public sector industries State Government fared the worst over the month, falling 17.3 percent (814), but was still up 7.6 percent (277) over the year. In the Private Sector, Goods-Producing industries were responsible for most of the monthly gain with Mining, Logging and Construction up 9.8 percent (559) and Manufacturing up 2.4 percent (368). In the Service industries, employment was mostly flat or had very small changes. The exception was Educational and Health Services (down 3.8 percent, 752).

Mankato-North Mankato MSA

Employment in the Mankato-North Mankato MSA declined 0.1 percent (48) over the month and increased 0.8 percent (423) over the year. Goods-Producing industries increased 0.4 percent (36), Private Service- Providing industries decreased 0.6 percent (226), and Government increased 1.6 percent (142). Over the year, employment in all industry groups was up except for Government which declined 3.7 percent (346).

Fargo-Moorhead MSA

Employment in the Fargo-Moorhead MSA was flat over the month and increased 3.3 percent (4,300) over the year. Substantial growth in Mining, Logging, and Construction — up 7.9 percent, 700 — was balanced out by losses in Government employment – down 4.6 percent (800). Similarly, several Private Service Providing industries saw moderate change, but losses and gains balanced out. The largest growth was in Professional and Business Services (up 3.2 percent, 500), while the largest loss was in Leisure and Hospitality (down 3.0 percent, 400).

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA

Employment in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA fell 0.9 percent (500) over the month and increased 1.5 percent (800) over the year. The most significant monthly Private Sector changes were in Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 9.4 percent, 300) and in Leisure and Hospitality (down 1.6 percent, 100). Many other industries’ employment was flat or nearly so for the month. Over-the-year growth was strongest in the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities industry (up 10.5 percent, 200). Government employment fell 4.3 percent (600) over the month and 1.5 percent (200) over the year.


Chart: Total Nonfarm Jobs U.S. and MN Over-the-Year Percent Change