Minnesota employers added 38-hundred new jobs in February, holding the state’s unemployment rate steady at four-percent. DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy says “the February report is another sign that Minnesota’s economy is moving in the right direction.”
Trade, transportation and utilities led all sectors last month with 5,700 new jobs. Other sectors gaining jobs were construction, manufacturing , education and health services , other services and logging and mining.
The following industries lost jobs: professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, government, information and financial activities.
Over the past year, education and health services gained 16,534 jobs, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, construction , government , financial activities , other services and logging and mining.
Four sectors lost jobs in the past 12 months: leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, professional and business services and information.
Over the past year, the state has gained 39,564 jobs, a growth rate of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth during that period was 1.7 percent.
Across Minnesota, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.6 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.8 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.5 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.3 percent). The Mankato MSA lost jobs (down 0.2 percent).
The full job report can be found here DEED website .