Unemployment Insurance Claims

The total number of initial Unemployment Insurance claims added 2,177 in October for a total of 15,504. The Construction industry had the largest number of initial claims, 3,400, a sign that traditional seasonal patterns began to manifest in the industry’s employment as the fall weather arrived. On an annual basis, initial claims were mostly flat, with three fewer claims in 2015 than in October 2014. Construction had 407 (13.6 percent) more claims than a year ago, while Retail Trade had 264 (21.8 percent) fewer and Administrative and Waste Services had 247 (15.1 percent) fewer. The largest proportional over-the-year change came in Mining, where significant layoffs led to 565 initial claims in October, up 1,102 percent from October 2014’s total of 47.

The effect of the mining layoffs is seen in a regional breakdown as well, as the Arrowhead region, the home to the vast majority of Minnesota’s mining workers, saw an increase of 65.2 percent (795 claims). The largest proportional regional change came in the Upper Minnesota Valley region, which went from 77 to 261 claims, an increase of 239 percent. The Seven County Twin Cities region, from which most of the state’s claims originate, saw an annual decline of 9.8 percent in their initial claims.

Bar graph: Minnesota UI Chang ein Initial CLaims

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Seasonally Adjusted Data (Excel)