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Unemployment steady as 1,900 jobs eliminated

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, for the second straight months, but employers reported they eliminated 1,900 during the month. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development issued the report Thursday.

Losing 1,900 jobs last month followed the addition of 14,300 in April. Over the past year, the number of Minnesota jobs grew 1 percent; the national rate in that time was 1.7 percent.

“Despite the decline in May, the state labor market remains healthy, with seven of the state’s 11 major industrial sectors growing in the past year,” DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said.

The state’s 3.8 percent unemployment rate compares to a 4.7 percent national rate.

Education and health services led all job sectors in May with 3,900 new jobs. Government (up 2,700) and information (up 200) also gained jobs. However, losing jobs were manufacturing (down 2,300), construction (down 1,900), financial activities (down 1,300), leisure and hospitality (down 1,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 800), other services (down 600), professional and business services (down 500) and logging and mining (down 300).

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