Regional Analysis

by Dave Senf

November 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 12,744 (2.4 percent) over the month of October and was up 42,878 (2.4 percent) over the year. Government employment soared 7,462 (3.2 percent) over the month, with almost all of the gains occurring in Local Government Education. Private Sector gains totaled 5,282 (0.3 percent) for the month.   Most of the private sector job growth occurred in Educational and Health Services (up 5,918, 2.0 percent), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 3,047, 1.0 percent), and Mining, Logging, and Construction (up 1,493, 2.2 percent). Only Leisure and Hospitality saw a substantial decline, falling 6,779 (3.9 percent). Over the year the Private Sector grew 2.6 percent while the Public Sector lagged at 1.3 percent. The biggest job gainers over the year were Educational and Health Services (14,719), Mining, Logging, and Construction (6,832), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (5,679), Leisure and Hospitality (5,643), and Professional and Business Services (4,770).  Only Private Services employment is down from a year ago (198).

Duluth-Superior MSA

Employment in the Duluth-Superior MSA climbed 908 (0.7 percent) over the month and 419 (0.3 percent) over the year. Over the month Private Sector employment slipped 61 (0.1 percent), but was counterbalanced by Government employment which rose 969 (3.7 percent). Gains in the Private Sector were in Educational and Health Services (245), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (191), and Professional and Business Services (63). Job losses were highest in Leisure and Hospitality (405) and Mining, Logging, and Construction (139). Federal Government payrolls decreased by 51 jobs, but State Government added 200 jobs, and Local Government payrolls expanded by 820. Over the year the Private Sector added 699 jobs (0.7 percent) while Government employment dipped 280 (1.0 percent). Mining, Logging, and Construction employment fell the most over the year (788, 9.1 percent) while Leisure and Hospitality added the most jobs (1,329, 9.6 percent)

Rochester MSA

Employment in the Rochester MSA increased 221 over the month (0.2 percent) and increased 0.2 percent (224) over the year. Government employment rose 340 (3.3 percent) over the month, but employment in the Private Sector dropped 0.1 percent (119 jobs). Job cuts were highest in Manufacturing (down 317, 3.0 percent) and Professional and Business Services (down 132, 2.6 percent). The only significant job growth was in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 288, 1.8 percent). Over the year Private Sector employment increased 802 (0.8 percent) with Trade, Transportation, and Utilities adding 603 jobs. Government lost 581 jobs over the year with most of the job cuts occurring in Local Government.

St. Cloud MSA

Employment in the St. Cloud MSA increased 1,207 (1.2 percent) over the month and increased 2,248 (2.2 percent) over the year. Government employment was up 556 (3.6 percent), and Private Sector firms added 651 jobs (0.7 percent). Employment tailed off the most in Mining, Logging, and Construction (192, 3.0 percent) and in Manufacturing (149, 0.6 percent).   Educational and Health Services (362, 1.8 percent) and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (327, 1.8 percent) added the most jobs over the month. Local Government payrolls expanded the most in the Public Sector (413, 4.7 percent). All over-the-year employment growth was in the Private Sector as Government employment was the same as last October. Educational and Health Services (956), Mining, Logging, and Construction (817), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (661) added the most positions since last year.

Mankato-North Mankato MSA

Employment in the Mankato-North Mankato MSA climbed 1,790 (3.4 percent) over the month and increased 516 (0.9 percent) over the year. Private Sector employment added the most jobs last month 1,242 (2.8 percent). Government employment increased 546 (6.3 percent). Almost all of the Private Sector gain was in Service-Providing industries (up 1,187, 3.4 percent). The over-the-year growth was mainly in the Private Sector which added 516 jobs (0.9 percent) while Government employment expanded by 92 (1.0 percent).

Fargo-Moorhead MSA

Employment in the Fargo-Moorhead MSA increased 1,300 (0.9 percent) over the month and 2,700 (2.1 percent) over the year. Government employment increased 600 (3.5 percent) over the month with Local Government and State Government each adding 300 jobs. Private Sector job growth was 700 (0.6 percent). The most significant gains in Private Sector industries came in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 400, 1.4 percent), in Educational and Health Services (up 400, 1.7 percent), and in Manufacturing (up 200, 1.1 percent).

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA

Employment in the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA increased 1,491 (2.6 percent) over the month and 1,405 (1.3 percent) over the year. Government employment increased 621 (4.4 percent) while Private Sector employment jumped 870 (2.0 percent). Most of the private employment gains were in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 400, 1.9 percent), Leisure and Hospitality (248, 6.9 percent), and Educational and Health Services (155, 1.7 percent)


Graph: Total Nonfarm Jobs