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Minnesota Unemployment at 3.3%

Job gains up 0.2% year over year while the labor force participation rate held at 70.3%

12/19/2019 8:08:09 AM

Monthly jobs report videoContact:
Eric Lightner
651-259-7149 
eric.lightner@state.mn.us 

Oriane Casale
651-259-7383
oriane.casale@state.mn.us

St. Paul – Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rose a tenth of a percent during November to 3.3%, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November fell a tenth of a percent to 3.5%.

Minnesota gained 5,911 jobs from November 2018 to November 2019, a 0.2% increase. Over the month on a seasonally adjusted basis Minnesota lost 3,000 jobs overall and October's 7,400 increase was revised downward to 5,200 jobs.

The private sector average wage rate went up 18 cents in November for a 5.2% rise over the year.

“The fall and winter months tend to be unpredictable for job growth because of the seasonal effects of weather,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Strong wage growth and one of the highest labor force participation rates in the nation both suggest that the state continues to experience a tight labor market.”

The labor force participation rate held at 70.3%. The employment to population ratio also held at 68%.

Five supersectors gained jobs in November. The largest gain was in leisure and hospitality (up 3,800) followed by other services (up 900), professional and business services (up 800), financial activities (up 300), trade transportation and utilities (up 300) and government (up 100).

Supersectors losing jobs in November were; construction (down 4,900), manufacturing (down 2,600), education and health services (down 1,500), information (down 100) and mining and logging (down 100).

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was the only MSA to lose jobs in November (down 5,729).

Mankato MSA gained 1,518 jobs over the year, the largest gain of any Minnesota MSA. Next largest gains came from Rochester MSA (up 1,253), followed by St. Cloud MSA (1,016) and Duluth-Superior (up 12).

Minnesota Employment and Unemployment - November 2019

Seasonally Adjusted

Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA)

Unemployment Rate

November 2019

October 2019

November 2019

November 2018

Minnesota

3.3%

3.2%

2.9%

2.3%

U.S.

3.5%

3.6%

3.3%

3.5%

Employment

November 2019

October 2019

November '18 to '19 level of Change

November '18 to '19 % level of Change

Minnesota

2,966,800

2,969,800

5,911

0.2%

U.S.

152,252,000

151,986,000

2,380,000

1.6%

Minnesota Over the Year Employment Change: November 2018 - November 2019

MN OTY Job Change

MN OTY Job Growth Rate

US OTY Job Growth Rate

Total nonfarm

5,911

0.2

1.6

Total Private

4,451

0.2

1.7

Logging and Mining

50

0.8

-1.5

Construction

-2,296

-1.8

2.9

Manufacturing

-1,990

-0.6

0.5

Trade, Transport. and Utilities

2,326

0.4

0.0

Information

-3,830

-7.8

3.0

Financial Activities

2,518

1.4

1.3

Prof. and Business Services

-4,378

-1.1

2.0

Ed. and Health Services

-5,631

-1.0

3.0

Leisure and Hospitality

16,113

6.2

2.8

Other Services

1,569

1.4

1.2

Government

1,460

0.3

1.1


Metropolitan Statistical Area OTY Employment Change – From November 2018 to November 2019

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

OTY Employment Change (#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change (%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

-5,729

-0.3

Duluth-Superior MN-WI MSA

12

0.0

Rochester MSA

1,253

1.0

St. Cloud MSA

1,016

0.9

Mankato MSA

1,518

2.5


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