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Minnesota Gains 11,900 Jobs in December

Unemployment rate at 3.9 percent

1/19/2017 1:18:55 PM


Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
Shane.M.Delaney@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL –
Minnesota employers added 11,900 jobs in December, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

In addition to those gains, November’s figures were revised from 5,000 jobs gained to 12,700 jobs gained. Minnesota added 37,102 jobs over the past year, an increase of 1.3 percent. U.S. job growth in 2016 was 1.4 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December climbed 0.1 percent to 3.9 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December.

“The Minnesota labor market had a strong finish to the year, adding 24,600 jobs in the final two months,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Construction, in particular, had a noteworthy year, adding more than 7,400 jobs and growing 6.9 percent, well ahead of the national pace.”

Government gained 3,700 jobs in December, followed by construction (up 3,500), education and health services (up 2,800), professional and business services (up 2,200), trade, transportation and utilities (up 900), financial activities (up 700) and manufacturing (up 400). Logging and mining held steady.

Sectors losing jobs in December were leisure and hospitality (down 1,800), other services (down 400) and information (down 100).

Education and health services led all sectors over the past year with 18,595 new jobs. Other industries gaining jobs in 2016 were trade, transportation and utilities (up 8,963), professional and business services (up 8,313), construction (up 7,414), financial activities (up 2,620) and government (up 977).

The following industries lost jobs in the past year: leisure and hospitality (down 5,934), manufacturing (down 1,934), information (down 1,138), other services (down 437) and logging and mining (down 337).

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.4 percent), Rochester MSA (up 2.6 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.3 percent), Mankato MSA (up 0.1 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.2 percent).

DEED has added a section to its website that examines the unemployment rate by demographics (race, age and gender) and looks at alternative measures of unemployment. Go here for details.

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow DEED on Twitter.


Seasonally adjusted

Not seasonally adjusted

Unemployment Rate

December
2016

November
2016

December
2016

December
2015

Minnesota

3.9

3.8

4.0

3.7

U.S.

4.7

4.6

4.5

4.8

Employment

December
2016

November
2016

Dec. ‘15-
Dec. ‘16
Level Change

Dec. ‘15-
Dec. ‘16
% Change

Minnesota

2,919,300

2,907,400

37,102

1.3

U.S.

145,303,000

145,147,000

2,032,000

1.4

Over The Year Employment Growth By Industry Sector (NSA)


OTY Job Change

OTY
Growth Rate (%)

U.S. OTY
Growth Rate (%)

Total Non-Farm Employment

37,102

1.3

1.4

Logging and Mining

-337

-5.9

-10.3

Construction

7,414

6.9

1.5

Manufacturing

-1,934

-0.6

-0.4

Trade, Trans. and Utilities

8,963

1.7

1.1

Information

-1,138

-2-2

0.0

Financial Activities

2,620

1.4

1.9

Prof. and Bus. Services

8,313

2.3

2.7

Ed. and Health Services

18,595

3.6

2.4

Leisure and Hospitality

-5,934

-2.4

1.9

Other Services

-437

-0.4

1.0

Government

977

0.2

0.7

Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY
Employment Change
(#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change
(%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

27,693

1.4

Duluth-Superior MN -WI MSA

254

0.2

Rochester MSA

3,031

2.6

St. Cloud MSA

2,491

2.3

Mankato MSA

56

0.1



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