Latest rundown of Minnesota unemployment stats due

Published 11:01 am Thursday, August 14, 2014

ST. PAUL — A new rundown on unemployment is coming from the agency that keeps tabs on Minnesota’s job figures.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development planned to provide statistics today covering July. A month ago, the department said Minnesota’s unemployment rate was at a seven-year low. It was 4.5 percent in June.

Minnesota’s rate is far better than the national average. But both major parties are employing the jobs figures in their political campaign.

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Democrats said the dropping rate combined with job growth point to an improved economy. Republicans have argued that too many people are in positions beneath their pay and skill level.