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State Unemployment Numbers Improve Slightly

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped slightly in March over the previous month, but state officials say that's largely because more people stopped looking for work.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development says today that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent.

Here in Mankato, the numbers continue to look good, showing we gained 800 jobs since the same month last year

Greater Mankato Growth CEO Jonathan Zierdt says, "Most of that increase has come from goods producing employers, things that make things in fact the increase from those folks was the highest of any MSA in MN, so we are really excited about that number."

Minnesota's unemployment rate remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 7.6 percent in March.