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By Nick Dobbins
March 2022

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MSA added 8,038 jobs (0.4%) over the month in February, slightly better than the state's 0.3% growth. Educational and Health Services added 6,968 jobs (2.1%), the highest real and proportional growth of any supersector in the metro area. Educational Services added 4,450 jobs (9.8%), while Health Care and Social Assistance added 2,518 (0.9%). Government employers added 3,018 jobs (1.3%), with State Government up 1,183 (1.8%) and Local up 2,004 (1.3%). The largest proportional decline came in Leisure and Hospitality, which was off by 1% (1,593 jobs), with all of that loss coming in Accommodation and Food Services (down 1,613 jobs or 1.3%).

Over the year the metro area added 45,755 jobs (2.4%), ahead of the state's 2.2% annual growth. Leisure and Hospitality added 23,121 jobs or 17.8%, the largest real and proportional growth of any supersector. Mining, Logging, and Construction added 5,314 jobs (7.4%), with growth in all published components. Professional and Business Services added 5,126 jobs (1.6%), with growth in the three major component sectors. The only supersectors to lose jobs on the year were Financial Activities (down 4,386 jobs or 2.8%) and Educational and Health Services, which shed 1,347 jobs (0.4%), entirely in Health Care and Social Assistance (down 3,528 jobs or 1.2%). Educational Services added 2,181 jobs (4.6%).

Duluth-Superior MSA

The Duluth-Superior MSA added 1,062 jobs (0.8%) over the month in February. Government employers had the largest real and proportional growth, adding 679 jobs or 2.8%. State level employers added 476 jobs (6.8%), and Local added 233 (1.5%). Leisure and Hospitality and Professional and Business Services employment were both up 1.4%, adding 179 jobs and 114 jobs, respectively. Mining, Logging, and Construction employment was down by 157 jobs or 1.7%.

Over the year the Duluth area added 4,437 jobs or 3.5%. This was the best proportional over-the-year growth of any MSA in the state. Leisure and Hospitality drove the growth, adding 2,345 jobs or 21.3%. Mining, Logging, and Construction employment was up 17% or 1,338 jobs. Other Services was up 5.8%, 317 jobs. Four supersectors lost jobs on the year, with the largest decline coming in Educational and Health Services which was off by 842 jobs or 2.6%.

Rochester MSA

The Rochester MSA added 390 jobs (0.3%) over the month in February. Educational and Health Services added 258 jobs (0.5%), Leisure and Hospitality added 107 jobs (1%), and Professional and Business Services added 134 jobs (2%). Four supersectors lost jobs on the month, with the largest proportional decline coming in Mining, Logging, and Construction (down 1.8% or 85 jobs) and the largest real job loss coming in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (down 111 jobs or 0.6%), with losses in all three component sectors.

Over the year the Rochester area added 4,031 jobs (3.4%). Leisure and Hospitality added 1,688 jobs or 19.5%, Mining, Logging, and Construction added 632 jobs or 15.4%, and Professional and Business Services added 439 jobs or 6.8%. Three supersectors lost jobs on the year. Information employment was off by 9.2% (122 jobs), Manufacturing was off by 2.5% (247 jobs), and Financial Activities was down 1.2% (34 jobs).

St. Cloud MSA

The St. Cloud MSA added 187 jobs or 0.2%, the lowest proportional over-the-month growth of any MSA in the state. Employment in Mining and Logging was down by 2.1% (145 jobs). Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 224 jobs (1%) with Retail Trade off by 1.4% (189 jobs). Educational and Health Services had the largest real and proportional growth of any supersector in the MSA, adding 291 jobs or 1.4%.

Over the year the St. Cloud area added 2,814 jobs (2.7%). Leisure and Hospitality added 946 jobs (14.4%), and Government employers added 408 jobs (2.7%). Two supersectors posted negative growth, with Educational and Health Services shedding 366 job or 1.7% and Financial Activities losing 3 jobs (0.1%).

Mankato-North Mankato MSA

The Mankato-North Mankato MSA added 685 jobs or 1.2%. It was the best proportional growth of any MSA in the state. Private sector employers added 688 jobs (1.5%) while public sector employment was mostly flat, off by 3 jobs or 0.0%. Service providers added 695 jobs (1.5%), and goods producers lost 10 (0.1%).

Over the year the Mankato-North Mankato MSA added 855 jobs or 1.5%. This was the lowest growth of any MSA in the state, although all published industry groups added jobs. Goods producers added 521 jobs or 5.5%, while service providers added 334 jobs (0.7%).

Fargo-Moorhead MSA

The Fargo-Moorhead MSA added 638 jobs (0.5%) over the month in February. Government employers added 441 jobs or 2.3%, which was the largest real job growth, and Professional and Business Services added 2.6% or 389 jobs, the largest proportional growth. Four supersectors lost jobs on the month, with the largest real and proportional decline coming in Mining, Logging, and Construction, which was off by 166 jobs, or 2.1%.

Over the year the Fargo-Moorhead area added 3,391 jobs or 2.4%. Professional and Business Services added 1,332 jobs (9.5%), the largest growth of any supersector in the area. Leisure and Hospitality added 734 jobs (6.2%). Financial Activities employment was down by 440 jobs (3.7%), and Information was down 155 (5.2%), the only two supersectors to lose jobs on the year.

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA

The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA added 478 jobs (0.9%) over the month in February. Government employers added 237 jobs (1.8%), Leisure and Hospitality added 147 (2.6%), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 115 (1.1%), primarily caused by growth of 128 (2%) in Retail Trade. Of the four supersectors that lost jobs, Mining, Logging, and Construction posted the steepest real and proportional declines, losing 61 jobs or 2.3%.

Over the year the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks area added 1,489 jobs (2.9%). Leisure and Hospitality added 881 jobs (17.6%), and Mining, Logging, and Construction added 266 (11.6%). Educational and Health Services employers lost jobs, down 209 (2.2%), as did Manufacturing (down 106 jobs or 2.5%).

Total Nonfarm Jobs

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