Minnesota unemployment rate falls to 2.5% in March

Nationally, the unemployment rate in March was 3.6%
Nationally, the unemployment rate in March was 3.6%.
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 10:40 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2022 at 8:01 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) - Minnesota gained 11,500 jobs in the last month according to numbers released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This is the sixth straight month that Minnesota has seen job growth.

Minnesota’s labor force participation rate rose from 67.9% to 68.1% and the unemployment rate ticked down two-tenths of a point to 2.5% in March 2022 from 2.7% in February 2022, a tie with its lowest level ever recorded, in February 1999. The decline over-the-month was entirely due to people moving from unemployment to employment. Nationally, the labor force participation rate ticked up 0.1% to 62.4% and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.6%.

The Mankato metropolitan statistical area saw 1,261 jobs added between March 2021 and March 2022, for a 2.3% increase.

“It’s good news for Minnesota that more people returning to the labor force as job growth continues to surge,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “However, many Minnesotans who want to work are not connecting with stable employment. DEED is working to build bridges between employers and communities that are too often overlooked – workers of colors, workers with disabilities, and new immigrants – to empower the growth of the Minnesota economy for everyone.”

DEED says Minnesota lost 417,600 jobs from February through April 2020 and has since gained 315,900 jobs as of March 2022, or 76% of the jobs lost on a seasonally adjusted basis. The U.S. gained 431,000 jobs, up 0.3% from February to March 2022, with the private sector adding 426,000 jobs, also up 0.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Gains were in Mining and Logging (up 100 jobs), Construction (up 100), Manufacturing (up 2,300), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 2,000), Information (up 500), Financial Activities (up 1,800), Professional and Business Services (up 700), Educational and Health Services (up 900), Leisure and Hospitality (up 1,100), and Government (up 100).

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