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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

May’s rate is the lowest rate reported since the state started tracking the metric in 1976, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Construction posted the strongest gains.
April’s unemployment rate was down from 2.5% in March, marking the seventh month the figure has decreased, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday, May 19.
During the second round of funding, the Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded over $40 million to 14 different organizations across Minnesota.
Gains by sector in March 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); other Services lost 200 jobs, a 0.2% drop.

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