Minnesota Unemployment at 3.3%

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


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.

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.

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, in a news release. “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 stayed at 68%.

Job gains

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 month, 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).

Area jobless numbers

Unemployment numbers as of October from DEED.

Aitkin County — 3.9%

Cass County — 3.4%


Crow Wing County — 2.8%

Mille Lacs County — 3.3%

Morrison County — 3%

Todd County — 2.6%

Wadena County — 3.4%

Brainerd — 3.5%


Brainerd Micropolitan (Crow Wing and Cass counties) — 3%

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