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State Adds 7,700 Jobs in July

Unemployment rate steady at 3.7 percent

8/17/2017 1:52:58 PM

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

ST. PAUL
– Minnesota employers added 7,700 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

In addition, June’s employment figures were revised upward by 4,900 jobs to bring total gains that month to 9,300 jobs. Minnesota has added 66,701 jobs in the past year, an increase of 2.3 percent, compared with a national growth rate of 1.5 percent during that period.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in July at 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

“Minnesota is outperforming the rest of the country in a number of key economic measures, including the overall unemployment rate, labor force participation and employment-to-population ratio,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Nine of the state’s 11 industrial sectors are growing faster than the national average.”

Education and health services led all sectors last month with a record gain of 8,400 jobs. Other sectors gaining jobs were leisure and hospitality (up 2,800), government (up 1,600), manufacturing (up 500), other services (up 400) and information (up 200). Logging and mining held steady.

The following industries lost jobs in July: trade, transportation and services (down 2,600), professional and business services (down 1,500), financial activities (down 1,400) and construction (down 700).

Ten of the state’s industrial sectors have gained jobs over the past year, led by education and health services (up 27,521). Other over-the-year job gains were posted by leisure and hospitality (up 13,250), construction (up 7,528), government (up 5,682), professional and business services (up 3,388), trade, transportation and utilities (up 3,186), manufacturing (up 2,931), other services (up 2,922), logging and mining (up 793) and information (up 72).

Financial activities lost 572 jobs over the past year.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, all regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.7 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 2.4 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1.9 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.8 percent) and Mankato MSA (up 1.7 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.

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

July
2017

June
2017

July
2017

July
2016

Minnesota

3.7

3.7

3.4

3.8

U.S.

4.3

4.4

4.6

5.1

Employment

July
2017

June
2017

July ‘16-
July ‘17
Level Change

July ‘16-
July ‘17
% Change

Minnesota

2,959,800

2,952,100

66,701

2.3

U.S.

146,615,000

146,406,000

2,165,000

1.5

Over The Year Employment Growth By Industry Sector (NSA)


OTY Job Change

OTY
Growth Rate (%)

U.S. OTY
Growth Rate (%)

Total Non-Farm Employment

66,701

2.3

1.5

Logging and Mining

793

12.0

7.6

Construction

7,528

5.8

2.7

Manufacturing

2,931

0.9

0.5

Trade, Trans. and Utilities

3,186

0.6

0.5

Information

72

0.1

-1.7

Financial Activities

-572

-0.3

1.8

Prof. and Bus. Services

3,388

0.9

2.9

Ed. and Health Services

27,521

5.3

2.3

Leisure and Hospitality

13,250

4.7

2.1

Other Services

2,922

2.5

1.4

Government

5,682

1.4

0.5

Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY
Employment Change
(#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change
(%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

53,063

2.7

Duluth-Superior MN -WI MSA

3,206

2.4

Rochester MSA

2,243

1.9

St. Cloud MSA

1,944

1.8

Mankato MSA

908

1.7



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