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Unemployment Remains Steady; Four Straight Months at 2.8 Percent

1/17/2019 9:55:19 AM

Shane Delaney 651-259-7236

Steve Hine 651-259-7396

 ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 2.8 percent in December, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), marking the fourth straight month with the same unemployment rate.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate remains the lowest since May 1999 and is just above the all-time low of 2.5 percent held in January and February 1999.

The state gained 500 jobs in December on a seasonally adjusted basis. November’s previously announced loss of 800 jobs was revised downward to 1,000 jobs lost. Over the year, Minnesota has added 31,441 jobs for a 1.1 percent increase over last December. Private sector gains stand at 28,960 or a 1.2 percent increase. Nationally, the total non-farm and private sector growth rates were 1.8 percent and 2.0 percent respectively.

Seven of the eleven major sectors gained jobs in December while four lost jobs. Leisure and hospitality once again led the gains with 2,100 more jobs. Other sectors with gains were, construction up (1,100), manufacturing (up 500), other services (up 500), information (up 300), trade, transportation and utilities (up 200), and logging and mining (up 100).

Sectors measuring loses were; professional and business serves (down 2,600), financial activities (down 900), education and health care services (down 700) and government (down 100).

Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) once again had the highest over-the-year unadjusted growth in employment at 4.0 percent. Following Mankato MSA was Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA with 1.6 percent growth, Duluth-Superior MSA with 1.1 percent growth and St. Cloud MSA with 0.9 percent growth. Rochester MSA declined 0.2 percent since last December.

Use the link to see DEED’s 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 and not seasonally adjusted unemployment held steady


Seven of Eleven Major Industries saw growth in December


Mankato MSA had the highest growth in December



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