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Minnesota adds 7,300 jobs in August; unemployment rate steady at 4 percent

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), but the jobless rate for the state stayed steady at 4 pe...

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), but the jobless rate for the state stayed steady at 4 percent.

The August job numbers, combined with July figures that were revised upward by 2,800 jobs, brought job gains in the state to 38,037 in the past year. Jobs in the state have grown 1.3 percent since August 2014, compared with a 2.1 percent growth rate nationally during that period.

The U.S. unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent.

“The Minnesota labor market posted healthy gains in August, particularly in the private sector,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Private employers added more than 12,000 jobs during the month.”

However, government lost 5,000 jobs followed by manufacturing that was down 1,000 positions.

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