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Minnesota Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.3%

Year-over-year job gains up 0.1% while labor force participation rate held at 70.3%

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Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a steady 3.3% during December, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December also held a steady 3.5%.

Minnesota gained 3,978 jobs from December 2018 to December 2019, a 0.1% increase.

The private sector average wage rate was up 24 cents in December for a 4% rise over the year.

“Minnesota remains a national leader in labor force participation rates as more Minnesotans are stepping from the sidelines to employment, however we continue to experience a tight labor market and slowing job growth,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.

Minnesota’s labor force participation rate held at 70.3%, compared to the national rate of 63.2%. The state’s employment-to-population ratio ticked down one-tenth of a percent to 68%, compared to 61% nationally.

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Four supersectors gained jobs in December. Trade, Transportation and Utilities saw the largest jobs gain (up 1,500), followed by Other Services (up 1,300), Leisure and Hospitality (up 1,200), and Government (up 300).

Supersectors losing jobs in December included Education and Health Services (down 1,600), Manufacturing (down 1,200), Information (down 500), Financial Activities (down 400), Construction (down 200), and Mining and Logging (down 100).

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was the only MSA to lose jobs in December; employment was down 504 jobs.

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA gained 2,178 jobs over the month, followed by St. Cloud MSA (up 755), Mankato MSA (587), and Rochester MSA (up 102).

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