Regional Analysis

by Amanda Rohrer
May 2013

Monthly analysis is based on unadjusted employment data.

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

Employment in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MSA increased 1.2 percent (20,350) over the month and 1.5 percent (25,997) over the year. Government employment declined 0.1 percent (125) over the month but increased 0.4 percent (1,021) over the year. Overall, Government sectors increased over the month but Local Government Education declined substantially (down 1.2 percent, 1,064) – a seasonally appropriate change that erased the growth in other industries. In the Private Sector employment in most industries grew modestly over the month. Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 13.2 percent, 6,575), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (down 0.3 percent, 913), and Other Services (down 0.8 percent, 581) were the exceptions.

Duluth-Superior MSA

Employment in the Duluth-Superior MSA increased 1.2 percent (1,530) over April and 0.8 percent (1023) over the year. With the exceptions of Information, which declined 1.8 percent (24), and Other Services, which saw no change over the month, all major industries saw increases in employment ranging from 0.2 percent in Manufacturing (12) and Financial Activities (10) to 6.5 percent (482) in Mining, Logging, and Construction. Leisure and Hospitality saw a seasonally appropriate increase of 3.1 percent (410). Government employment increased 0.5 percent (140) over the month, but was the industry with the largest over-the-year decline, 2.3 percent (626).

Rochester MSA

Employment in the Rochester MSA increased 0.9 percent (844) over the month and 1.1 percent (1,017) over the year. Government employment was flat over the month and down 0.8 percent (91) over the year. In the Private Sector the largest growth industries for the month were Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 11.3 percent, 300) and Leisure and Hospitality (up 4.1 percent, 362), both industries that typically see spring employment growth. Few industries declined, but the largest loss was in Manufacturing (down 1.0 percent, 95).

St. Cloud MSA

Employment in the St. Cloud MSA increased 1.1 percent (1,092) over the month and 0.2 percent (161) over the year. Government employment declined 0.5 percent (84) over the month and 2.1 percent (347) over the year. Over the month the loss came from Local and Federal Government, while over the year State Government also contributed. The largest monthly Private Sector gains were in Mining, Logging, and Construction (6.9 percent, 302) and in Professional and Business Services (1.8 percent, 147). The only decline was in Information (down 0.5 percent, 9).

Mankato-North Mankato MSA

Employment in the Mankato-North Mankato MSA increased 0.7 percent (379) over the month and 0.7 percent (395) over the year. The Private Sector was responsible for the growth both over the month and over the year. Government employment declined 0.7 percent (69) over the month and 0.9 percent (80) annually. Goods Producing industries grew fastest with monthly gains of 2.7 percent (249) and annual gains of 3.7 percent (344).

Fargo-Moorhead MSA

Employment in the Fargo-Moorhead MSA increased 0.6 percent (817) over the month of April and 2.4 percent (3,074) over the year. Government employment was a disproportionate share of that growth, with an increase of 1.6 percent (273). Most of the monthly growth was in State Government employment (up 2.1 percent, 118), an industry that saw an over-the-year decline of 5.3 percent (315). The largest Private Sector growth industries were Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 2.8 percent, 207) and Health Care and Social Assistance (up 0.8 percent, 166). Few Private sector industries saw significant declines.

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA

Employment in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA increased 0.2 percent (94) over the month and 1.2 percent (653) over the year. Government employment declined 0.5 percent (77) over the month and 0.6 percent (81) over the year. The most significant numeric changes over the month in Private Sector industries were in Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 6.2 percent, 161), in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 0.8 percent, 99), and in Leisure and Hospitality (down 2.0 percent, 124).

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