Annual nonfarm job growth in Minnesota rose to 1.5 percent with the addition of 44,200 jobs over the year in December, while private sector job growth rose to 1.7 percent. Both now match their respective national rates.
Nine of the eleven major sectors added jobs over the year. Education & Health Services led the pack again with an annual gain of 12,626 jobs, followed by Construction, up 9,394, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, up 7,027 and Professional & Business Services, up 4,424.
Information lost 696 and Financial Activities lost 808 jobs over last December.
Minnesota currently is tied with or outpaces national job growth (or has a smaller loss) in seven of the eleven major sectors.
Minnesota gained jobs for the first time in three months in December, up 8,900 on a seasonally adjusted basis. The private sector added 8,700 jobs. Nationally, seasonally adjusted employment rose 0.1 percent in December.
Seven of the eleven major industry sectors gained jobs during the month, with Construction leading the pack with a robust 5,700 job gain on a seasonally adjusted basis. Other big gainers in December included Education & Health Services, up 2,500 jobs and both Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Leisure & Hospitality, adding 1,800 jobs each.
The biggest losses were in Professional & Business Services, down 1,400 jobs and Other Services, down 1,100 jobs.