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Minnesota unemployment rate remains at 7.2 percent for second month

Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, slightly less than the nation’s average of 9.1 percent, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Thursday.

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 15, 2011

Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, slightly less than the nation’s average of 9.1 percent, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Thursday.

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The lackluster numbers were “skewed by the “smoothing” of data that understated the impact of thousands of state employees returning to work en masse,” according to DEED.

But the state did add around 5,800 jobs in the private sector in August, much of the gain coming in the construction industry.

“We have seen state manufacturers, construction companies and other private businesses add more than 42,000 jobs in the past four months,” DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said in a statement.

Losses in areas like the hospitality industry, which dropped 3,300 jobs last month, evened out the unemployment rate for August.

The state has lost about 2,600 government jobs as local governments tightened their belts. The Mankato area has shown the most job growth in the state this year.

Alberto Thompson | I live in Vancouver, Canada, and work as a web developer and graphic designer. Back end programming (PHP, Django/Python, Ruby on Rails) to front end engineering (HTML, CSS, and jQuery/Javascript), digital usability, user interface, and graphic design are all areas of web development where I spend my days. I'm a huge fan of web creation and design in all of its forms, as well as assisting small businesses and artisans with their online presence.

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