Regional Analysis

by Amanda Rohrer
June 2013

Monthly analysis is based on unadjusted employment data.

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

Employment in the Twin Cities increased 1.9 percent (33,676) over the month of May and 2.6 percent (45,421) over the year. Government employment increased 1.0 percent (2,305) over the month and 1.4 percent (3,442) over the year. Only two private industries saw over-the-month employment declines – Information, which was down 0.1 percent (50), and Educational and Health Services, which was down 0.1 percent (396) but was up over the year. The largest gains were in Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 11.5 percent, 6,490) and in Leisure and Hospitality (up 9.6 percent, 15,558). Both of these industries are highly seasonal in the Twin Cities, and substantial gains in May are expected.

Duluth-Superior MSA

Employment in the Duluth-Superior MSA increased 1.3 percent (1,755) over the month and 0.7 percent (947) over the year. Government employment declined 1.0 percent (268) over the month and 2.5 percent (698) over the year. Significant private over-the-month growth occurred in Leisure and Hospitality (up 6.5 percent, 889) and in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 2.0 percent, 487). There were no declining private sector industries over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality also saw the most significant gains (up 3.4 percent, 479), while Mining, Logging, and Construction had the most significant losses (down 2.1 percent, 169).

Rochester MSA

Employment in the Rochester MSA increased 1.1 percent (1,136) over the month and 0.8 percent (847) over the year. The bulk of the over-the-month gain came from Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 11.3 percent, 334), Professional and Business Services (up 5.2 percent, 258), and Leisure and Hospitality (up 3.3 percent, 299). The only over-the-month decline was in Educational and Health Services (down 0.2 percent, 110). Government employment increased 0.3 percent (33) over the month and declined 3.4 percent (371) over the year.

St. Cloud MSA

Employment in the St. Cloud MSA increased 1.2 percent (1,263) over the month and 1.7 percent (1,696) over the year. Much of this growth came from Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 21.3 percent, 1,004). The industry was also up significantly over the year (14.5 percent, 726). Leisure and Hospitality (up 2.0 percent, 174) also grew significantly over the month, while all other private sector industries grew only slightly. Government employment fell 2.5 percent (401) over the month but was up 3.2 percent (500) over the year.

Mankato-North Mankato MSA

Employment in the Mankato-North Mankato MSA fell 0.2 percent (128) over the month and increased 1.2 percent (639) over the year. Government employment fell 3.4 percent (309) over the month and 1.7 percent (156) over the year. Goods-Producing industries increased 2.0 percent (197) over the month and 3.6 percent (342) over the year. Service-Providing industries employment was flat over the month and grew 1.3 percent (453) over the year.

Fargo-Moorhead MSA

Employment in the Fargo-Moorhead MSA increased 1.5 percent (1,943) over the month and 2.9 percent (3,811) over the year. The monthly gains were largely driven by Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 12.7 percent, 1,001), but Leisure and Hospitality (up 3.2 percent, 408) and Professional and Business Services (up 1.5 percent, 232) were also significant contributors. Over the year the major growth came from Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 18.3 percent, 1,376), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 3.3 percent, 938), and Professional and Business Services (up 4.3 percent, 639). Government employment declined both over the month and over the year.

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA

Employment in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA increased 0.4 percent (239) over the month and 1.5 percent (830) over the year. While over the month most industries saw little change, the exceptions were Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 16.2 percent, 449), Government (down 2.5 percent, 356), and Professional and Business Services (up 1.8 percent, 51). Over the year, significant percentage growth occurred in Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (up 15.5 percent, 292).

Chart: Total Nonfarm Jobs - U.S. and MN over-the-year percent change