State’s jobless numbers inching down

Published 9:43 am Friday, July 19, 2013

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in June, inching a tenth of a percent lower than May.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday that the state’s jobless rate for June was 5.2 percent, down from 5.3 percent a month earlier. Minnesota employers added 400 jobs in June, thanks to a 2,500-job increase in the private sector. That was offset by a 2,100-job loss in government employment.

Minnesota added 54,100 jobs in the last year, for a growth rate of 2 percent. The state has now regained 95 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, from its low point in May 2008.

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All of the state’s metropolitan areas saw job growth in the last 12 months. The most gains came in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, which saw a 2.9 percent spike, followed by St. Cloud at 2.2 percent, Mankato at 0.8 percent, Rochester at 0.6 percent and Duluth at 0.4 percent.

Minnesota’s economy continues to outperform the overall U.S. economy. The national unemployment rate in May was unchanged at 7.6 percent, and its growth rate over the last year was 1.7 percent.