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State Unemployment Rate at 3.8 Percent in August

Employers cut 6,600 jobs

9/14/2017 9:17:15 AM

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

ST. PAUL –
The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in August.

The state lost 6,600 jobs in August, and the number of jobs gained in July was revised downward by 5,100 positions. Over the past year, Minnesota has gained 49,695 jobs, an increase of 1.7 percent. U.S. jobs are up 1.5 percent in the past 12 months.

“The state’s labor market remains fundamentally strong, outpacing the country in over-the-year job growth for the fourth consecutive month in August,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Nine of our 11 major industrial sectors have added jobs in the past 12 months.”

The following industries gained jobs in August: trade, transportation and utilities (up 3,200), manufacturing (up 800), professional and business services (up 800), government (up 800), information (up 500) and financial activities (up 200). Logging and mining held steady.

Sectors that lost jobs were leisure and hospitality (down 6,400), education and health services (down 5,300), other services (down 800) and construction (down 400).

In the past year, education and health services has added the most jobs (up 17,280). Other sectors gaining jobs are construction (up 7,247), leisure and hospitality (up 5,628), trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,538), professional and business services (up 4,263), government (up 4,040), manufacturing (up 3,084), other services (up 2,852), and logging and mining (up 720).

Information (down 744) and financial activities (down 213) lost jobs in the past year.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, all regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.3 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 2.2 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1.2 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.6 percent) and Mankato MSA (up 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.

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

August
2017

July
2017

August
2017

August
2016

Minnesota

3.8

3.7

3.6

3.8

U.S.

4.4

4.3

4.5

5.0

Employment

August
2017

July
2017

Aug. ‘16-
Aug. ‘17
Level Change

Aug. ‘16-
Aug. ‘17
% Change

Minnesota

2,948,100

2,954,700

49,695

1.7

U.S.

146,730,000

146,574,000

2,100,000

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

49,695

1.7

1.5

Logging and Mining

720

10.7

8.7

Construction

7,247

5.6

3.0

Manufacturing

3,084

1.0

1.1

Trade, Trans. and Utilities

5,538

1.0

0.4

Information

-744

-1.4

-2.5

Financial Activities

-213

-0.1

1.8

Prof. and Bus. Services

4,263

1.1

3.0

Ed. and Health Services

17,280

3.3

2.1

Leisure and Hospitality

5,628

2.0

2.0

Other Services

2,852

2.4

1.6

Government

4,040

1.0

0.0

Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY
Employment Change
(#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change
(%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

44,846

2.3

Duluth-Superior MN -WI MSA

3,030

2.2

Rochester MSA

1,444

1.2

St. Cloud MSA

1,752

                    1.6

Mankato MSA

1,111

                     2.0


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