Jul 20, 2012 at 8:39 am
ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) – New numbers are out for last month on the Minnesota job front, and they tell a story of good news as the state added 7,200 jobs in June.
The positive swing stops a three month stretch of job losses. Even with the increase, the jobless rate stayed at 5.6 percent for a third month, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
"7,200 jobs gained in June is a welcome respite from what we've experienced over the past few months," state employment commissioner Mark Phillips said.
Over the past year, the state has gained 35,000 jobs, a pace of growth matching the United States after lagging the nation for much of the year. The positive June comes after what recently became an even bleaker May on the job front.
"This gain was off-set to a fairly sizeable extent by a downward revision to May's job county by 3800, so our job loss that had previously been announced at 900 is now at 4700," Phillips said.
Minnesota's unemployment rate remained significantly below the national rate of 8.2 percent in June.
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