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Industrial Analysis


by Nick Dobbins
December 2021

Monthly analysis is based on seasonally adjusted employment data.
Yearly analysis is based on unadjusted employment data.

Minnesota Seasonally Adjusted Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (In Thousands)
Industry Nov-21 Oct-21 Sep-21
Total Nonfarm 2884.4 2875.8 2865.9
Goods-Producing 458.2 455.3 452.7
Mining and Logging 6.3 6.4 6.4
Construction 131.7 130.2 130.7
Manufacturing 320.2 318.7 315.6
Service-Providing 2426.2 2420.5 2413.2
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 513.7 513.1 512.6
Information 39.8 40.5 40.4
Financial Activities 190.7 191.1 190
Professional and Business Services 379.1 377 373.9
Educational and Health Services 536.6 535 534.4
Leisure and Hospitality 255 252.1 247.5
Other Services 106.2 105 104.6
Government 405.1 406.7 409.8
Source: Department of Employment and Economic Development, Current Employment Statistics, 2021.


Employment in Minnesota was up 8,600 (0.3%) over the month on a seasonally adjusted basis. The state has posted seasonally adjusted growth in every month of 2021. Goods producers added 2,900 jobs (0.6%), and service providers added 5,700 (0.2%).

Over the year state employers added 114,609 jobs (4.1%). Goods producers added 25,567 jobs (5.9%), and service providers added 89,042 jobs (3.8%). All of the annual growth was in the private sector (up 115,950 or 4.9%) as public sector employers lost jobs (down 0.3%).

Mining and Logging

Employment in Mining and Logging was down by 100 (1.6%) over the month in November. Seasonally adjusted employment in the supersector has stayed in the 6,200-to-6,400 job range since July 2020.

Over the year the supersector added 21 jobs or 0.3%, after being up by 4.4% over the year in October.


Construction employment was up by 1,500 (1.2%) in November, after having declined by 500 jobs in October. The total employment level of 131,700 was the highest for the supersector since 2006.

Over the year employers in Construction added 10,440 jobs or 8.5%. It was the second highest proportional growth of any supersector in the state, trailing only Leisure and Hospitality. Building construction was up 10% (2,754 jobs), Heavy and Civil Engineering was up 11.2% (1,929 jobs), and Specialty Trade Contractors employment was up 7.4% (5,757 jobs).


Manufacturing employment was up by 1,500 (0.5%) over the month in November. The growth came entirely from Durable Goods Manufacturing, where employment was up 2,100 (1%). Employment in Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing was down 600 (0.5%) on the month.

Over the year Manufacturing employers added 15,106 jobs (4.9%). This was the largest proportional over-the-year growth for the supersector in its publication history (1991). Durable Goods Manufacturing added 10,881 jobs (5.6%), and Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing added 4,225 (3.8%).

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment was up by 600 (0.1%) over the month in November. The growth was entirely from Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, which added 1,900 jobs (1.8%). The other two component sectors lost jobs, with Wholesale Trade off 700 (0.6%) and Retail Trade off 600 (0.2%).

On an annual basis the supersector added 11,489 jobs (2.2%). All three major component sectors added jobs, with Wholesale Trade up 0.5% (578 jobs), Retail Trade up 1.7% (4,898 jobs), and Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities was up 5.7% (6,013 jobs).


Information employers lost 700 jobs or 1.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis in November. It was the largest proportional decline of any supersector in the state.

Over the year Information employers lost 1,265 jobs or 3.1%. It was the largest proportional annual decline of any supersector in the state, with both published component sectors shedding jobs.

Financial Activities

Employment in Financial Activities was down 400 (0.2%) over the month in November. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing added 200 jobs (0.6%), while Finance and Insurance employment was off by 600 (0.4%).

Over the year the supersector lost 3,353 jobs (1.7%). The declines came entirely in Finance and Insurance, which shed 3,749 jobs (2.3%), with Credit Intermediation and Related Activities losing 4,544 jobs or 6.7%. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing employment was up 396 or 1.2%.

Professional and Business Services

Professional and Business Services employment was up 2,100 (0.6%) over the month in November, with growth in all three component sectors. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services added 1,400 jobs (1.0%), while Management of Companies added 600 jobs (0.7%), and Administrative and Support Services added 100 (0.1%). It was the ninth consecutive month of seasonally adjusted growth for the supersector.

On an annual basis Professional and Business Services added 24,201 jobs or 6.8%. It was the third-largest proportional growth of any supersector, trailing Leisure and Hospitality and Construction. All three component sectors added jobs, with the largest proportional growth coming in Administrative and Support Services, where employment was up 9.4% (11,261 jobs) owing in large part to growth of 14.1% (6,984 jobs) in Employment Services.

Educational and Health Services

Educational and Health Services employment was up by 1,600 (0.3%) over the month in November. Educational Services added 1,200 jobs (1.7%), and Health Care and Social Assistance added 400 jobs (0.1%). It was the third consecutive month of seasonally adjusted growth for the supersector.

Over the year Educational and Health Services employment was up by 1,498 (0.3%). Educational Services added 3,824 jobs or 5.2%. However, Health Care and Social Assistance employment was down by 2,326 jobs or 0.5%, primarily from the loss of 5,517 jobs (5.3%) in Nursing and Residential Care facilities.

Leisure and Hospitality

Leisure and Hospitality employment was up by 2,900 (1.2%) in November, with Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation adding 2,100 jobs (4.8%) and Accommodation and Food Services adding 800 (0.4%).

Over the year Leisure and Hospitality employers added 52,424 jobs or 27.2%. It was the largest real and proportional annual growth of any supersector in the state, as employers continue to build back from the massive employment losses suffered caused by the COVID pandemic.

Other Services

Employment in Other Services was up by 1,200 (1.1%) in November.

On an annual basis Other Services employers added 5,389 jobs or 5.3%. Repair and Maintenance drove the growth, up 10.4% or 2,109 jobs, while Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, and Professional Organizations employment was up 7.1% (3,856 jobs). Personal and Laundry Services lost 576 jobs (2.2%).


Government employers lost 1,600 jobs (0.4%) in November. Local Government employers lost 1,800 jobs (0.6%), and Federal Government employers lost 100 jobs (0.3%) while State employers added 300 jobs (0.3%).

Over the year Government employment was down 1,341 jobs or 0.3%. It was one of just three supersectors to lose jobs on an annual basis. The declines came at both the State (down 2,283 or 2.3%) and Federal (down 310 or 1%) levels. Local Government employment was up 1,252 or 0.4%, with Local Government Education up 1,669 or 1.2%.

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