By Nick Dobbins
The Minnesota-St. Paul-Bloomington MSA lost 5,995 jobs (0.3%) over the month of September, which was slightly better than the statewide growth of -0.4%. The largest declines, in both real and proportional terms, came in Leisure and Hospitality. Employment there was down 11,203 jobs or 6%, which is a common movement in the highly seasonal supersector towards the end of summer. Mining, Logging, and Construction lost 1,330 jobs (1.4%), and Other Services lost 1,483 (1.9%). The largest real and proportional growth came in Government employment (up 10,774 jobs or 4.7%) as schools returned for fall. Local Government Educational Services added 13,942 jobs (20.5%), and State Government Educational Services added 5,412 jobs (16.7%). Educational and Health Services added 2,295 jobs (0.7%) with growth in Educational Services (up 4,281 or 9.5%) tempered by losses in Health Care and Social Assistance (down 1,986 jobs or 0.7%).
Over the year the metro area added 75,536 jobs or 3.9%, which was the highest proportional over-the-year growth of any MSA in the state. Professional and Business Services added 19,251 jobs (6%), Leisure and Hospitality added 11,723 jobs (7.2%), Manufacturing added 13,398 jobs (6.8%), and Other Services added 4,386 jobs (6.1%). No supersectors lost jobs on the year, with the lowest proportional growth coming in Government, which was up 1,280 or 0.5%, and the lowest real growth coming in Information, up 556 or 1.7%.
The Duluth-Superior MSA added 679 jobs (0.5%) over the month in September. Government employers led the growth, adding 1,569 jobs (7.2%) with state level employers driving that growth (up 1,189 or 18.6%). Educational and Health Services employers added 331 jobs or 1.1%. Every other supersector in the area lost jobs on the month. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 510 jobs (2.1%) with Retail Trade off 559 jobs (3.6%), and Leisure and Hospitality employers lost 455 jobs (3%).
Over the year, the Duluth area added 3,383 jobs, or 2.6%. Seven of ten published supersectors added jobs on the month, led by Mining, Logging and Construction (up 1,069, or 10.2%) and Professional and Business Services (up 563 jobs, or 7.2%). Declines came in Government (down 166, or 0.7% thanks to the loss of 626 jobs at the Local Government level), Financial Activities (down 116, or 2.3%) and Information (down 51 jobs, 4.9%).
The Rochester MSA lost 1,077 jobs or 0.8% over the month of September. It was the worst monthly growth of any MSA primarily in Minnesota, although better than Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, which is primarily in North Dakota. Only one of 10 published supersectors added jobs on the month – Educational and Health Services – up 58 jobs or 0.1%. The largest real and proportional decline came in Leisure and Hospitality, which was down 302 jobs or 2.5%. Government employers lost 275 jobs (2.2%), Manufacturing was down 155 jobs (1.5%), and Mining, Logging, and Construction was down 122 jobs (2.1%).
Over the year the Rochester area added 3,812 jobs or 3.1%. The largest proportional growth came in Leisure and Hospitality (up 8.7% or 922 jobs) while the most real jobs were added in Educational and Health Services (up 1,123 or 2.1%). Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 889 jobs (5.3%) with 809 of those jobs coming in Retail Trade (up 7.1%). Three supersectors lost jobs on the year: Government, Information, and Financial Activities.
The St. Cloud MSA added 1,666 jobs (1.5%) in September, which was the best proportional monthly growth of any MSA in Minnesota. Government employment drove the growth, adding 2,064 jobs (15.6%) with Local Government employers adding 1,184 jobs (14.7%) and State employment up 860 jobs (30%). Educational and Health Services added 372 jobs or 1.7%. The largest declines came in Manufacturing (down 314 jobs, 2.1%) and Leisure and Hospitality (down 255, 3.2%).
Over the year the St. Cloud MSA added 3,468 jobs (3.3%). Eight of 10 published supersectors added jobs, with the only negative growth coming in Financial Activities (down 131, 2.4%) and Information (down 59, 4%). Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 994 jobs (4.6%), Mining, Logging, and Construction added 856 (10.7%), and Other Services added 207 (5.8%).
The Mankato-North Mankato MSA lost 144 jobs (0.3%) over the month in September. Goods producers lost 204 jobs (1.8%) while service providers added 60 jobs (0.1%).
On an annual basis the Mankato-North Mankato area added 1,587 jobs (2.9%). Goods producers added 784 jobs (7.8%), and service providers added 803 jobs (1.8%). Private sector employers added 1,640 jobs (3.6%) while public sector employers lost 53 jobs (0.6%).
The Fargo-Moorhead MSA added 1,394 jobs (1%) over the month of September. Six of nine published supersectors lost jobs, and Information added a single job, Losses were balanced by a gain of 2,529 (14.6%) in Government employment, which was the largest real and proportional movement of any supersector in the area in either direction. The largest decline came in Professional and Business Services, which lost 571 jobs or 3.5%.
Over the year the MSA added 1,719 jobs or 1.2%. This was the second-lowest proportional growth of any MSA in the state, after Grand Forks-East Grand Forks. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 727 jobs (2.4%) due in large part to growth of 479 (7.2%) in Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities. Financial Activities lost 777 jobs (6.7%), the largest real and proportional decline in any supersector in the area.
The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MSA added 226 jobs (0.4%) in September. This was the lowest proportional monthly growth of any MSA in the state. Leisure and Hospitality added 226 jobs (3.9%), and Government added 292 (2.5%) while Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 183 jobs (1.8%).
Over the year, the area added 123 jobs (0.2%). This was the lowest proportional growth of any MSA in Minnesota. Government employers lost 485 jobs (3.9%), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 115 jobs (1.1%). Leisure and Hospitality added 234 jobs (4.1%), and Mining, Logging, and Construction added 161 jobs (5.2%).