Unemployment Insurance Claims

The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims increased by 1,582 in June, for a total of 16,868 claims on the month. Manufacturing once again had the highest number of claims for the month, 2,674, which was a slight increase over May. Initial claims remain down over June 2014. While this continues a streak of over-the-year decreases dating back to December 2014, the 2.2 percent drop from June 2014 to 2015 was by far the smallest in that time, with last month’s 7.4 percent drop representing the second smallest. The 7-County Twin Cities Metro, which accounts for more than half of the state’s total employment, and nearly half of all initial claims in Minnesota, actually saw a 1 percent increase in claims from June 2014. This was its first such spike since November 2014.

Graph: Minnesota UI Change in Initial Claims

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Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)