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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 6.2 percent.

June figures have been revised downward by 3,600 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the state has gained 68,344 jobs, a 2.5 percent growth rate, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.9 percent during that period.

Every year, July has a drop in the number of jobs on a seasonally unadjusted basis. According to DEED officials, recent divergences due to seasonal adjustment lessen confidence that Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted estimates are accurately reflecting recent trends in job growth.

“July’s employment change appears disappointing, however, this is the smallest percentage decline in jobs for a July since 1999,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Minnesota’s economic indicators remain positive, and underlying employment data continue to look strong.”

The sectors that added jobs in July were trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,600), manufacturing (up 700), leisure and hospitality (up 600), and other services (up 200). Logging and mining, and professional and business services held steady.

The following sectors lost jobs in July: education and health services (down 5,300), information (down 1,000), construction (down 700), financial activities (down 200) and government (down 100).

The July employment losses in education and health services were the most on record, driven by job cuts in private education.

Over the past year, sectors that added jobs were government (up 21,513), professional and business services (up 11,667), manufacturing (up 9,505), education and health services (up 9,023), construction (up 8,260), trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,658), leisure and hospitality (up 4,456), and logging and mining (up 636).

Financial activities (down 1,152), other services (down 860) and information (down 362) lost jobs in the past year.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: St. Cloud MSA (up 2.8 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.6 percent), Mankato MSA (up 2.4 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.9 percent).

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9:08:48, Aug 19th 2014

doc says:
What was the MN unemployment rate when GWB was in office?


4:40:55, Aug 19th 2014

dave says:
Gas prices were $1.79 a gallon when GWB left office


7:58:04, Aug 19th 2014

doc says:
Gas prices were $4.25 the last summer that GWB was in office.

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