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by Carol Walsh - Editor-in-Chief
December 2017

Two Minnesota Records Upended: Statewide Unemployment and Black Unemployment

Minnesota’s 3.1 unemployment rate for December 2017 is at its lowest level in 17 years. But even more noteworthy is the unemployment rate for black Minnesotans, a measure DEED has tracked since 2001. The 12-month average unemployment rate for Minnesota’s black population fell to 7.5 percent, its lowest rate on record. The unemployment rate for the state’s black population was 8.0 in November 2017.

You can examine the unemployment rate by race, age, and gender and look at alternative measures of unemployment, which provides a more complete picture of the labor market by using the following website: .

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