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Minnesota adds 3,600 jobs in April

Construction led all sectors annually, gaining 10.5 percent over the previous year

5/16/2019 10:07:02 AM

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

Steve Hine, 651-259-7396
Steve.Hine@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 3,600 seasonally adjusted jobs in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Minnesota annual job gains were up 14,434 or 0.5 percent since last April, however, the first four months of 2019 have only netted 700 additional jobs.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.3 percent, an increase of one tenth of a percent from last month. In so doing, the number of unemployed Minnesotan’s topped 100,000 for the first time since August 2017. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent.

Over the year, construction had the largest annual gains with an increase of 11,511 jobs since last April. This rate of growth has only been achieved twice before with the most recent being April 2015.

“Many industries in Minnesota have seasonal employment – construction being one of the most prominent,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Despite our state’s tight labor market, the addition of 3,600 jobs this month is a sign that Minnesota employers are eager to ramp up for a busy spring and summer.”

Six of eleven major industry sectors gained jobs over the month in April. Manufacturing led the gains (up 1,600) followed by trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,500), education and health care (up 1,100), government (up 700), professional services and business services (up 500) and other services (up 400). Leisure and hospitality had the largest losses over the month (down 1,700) followed by financial activities (down 300), construction (down 100) and information (down 100).

All five Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) experienced over-the-year growth in April. St. Cloud MSA had the largest growth of 2.1 percent growth followed by Rochester MSA with 1.6 percent, Mankato MSA with 0.9 percent, Minneapolis-St. Paul with 0.3 percent and Duluth-Superior with 0.1 percent.

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Seasonally Adjusted

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Unemployment Rate

April 2019

March 2019

April 2019

April 2018

Minnesota

3.3

3.2

3.2

3.0

U.S.

3.6

3.8

3.3

3.7

Employment

April 2019

March 2019

April ’18 ’19 level of Change

April ’18 ’19 % level of Change

Minnesota

2,961,800

2,958,200

14,434

0.5

U.S.

151,095,000

150,832,000

2,616,000

1.8


MN OTY Job Change

MN OTY Growth Rate

US OTY Growth Rate

Total nonfarm

14,434

0.5

1.8

Total Private

13,725

0.6

1.9

Logging and Mining

303

4.9

3.1

Construction

11,511

10.5

4.3

Manufacturing

71

0.0

1.5

Trade, Transport. And Utilities

-1,520

-0.3

0.3

Information

-1,702

-3.5

1.6

Financial Activities

1,441

0.8

1.2

Prof. and Business Services

145

0.0

2.6

Ed. and Health Services

-2,651

-0.5

2.5

Leisure and Hospitality

5,157

2.0

2.8

Other Services

970

0.9

1.4

Government

709

0.2

1.0


Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY Employment Change (#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change (%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

6,814

0.3

Duluth-Superior MN-WI MSA

140

0.1

Rochester MSA

1,967

1.6

St. Cloud MSA

2,339

2.1

Mankato MSA

501

0.9

The state also made a short video to coincide with the release of the unemployment numbers that can be viewed on the DEED's YouTube Page.

minnesota-monthly-video-clip-april

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Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.

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