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State Employers Add 9,500 Jobs in December

Unemployment rate steady at 4.6 percent

January 23, 2014

Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
Madeline.Koch@state.mn.us


ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in December, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The December job gains combined with November figures that were revised upward by 1,700 jobs bring total job growth in Minnesota to 45,900 in the past year, a growth rate of 1.7 percent compared with a national rate of 1.6 percent during that period.

The state unemployment rate remained unchanged in December at a seasonally adjusted 4.6 percent, well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

“December’s employment numbers closed out a strong year for the Minnesota labor market,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Eleven out of 12 major industrial sectors gained jobs last year, and leading indicators point to continued growth in 2014.”

Trade, transportation and utilities led all sectors last month with 4,600 new jobs. Other gains occurred in government (up 2,600), manufacturing (up 1,700), education and health services (up 1,200), professional and business services (up 1,000), construction (up 400), and logging and mining (up 100).

Job losses occurred in December in leisure and hospitality (down 800), other services (down 700), financial activities (down 500) and information (down 100).

The following sectors added jobs over the past year: trade, transportation and utilities (up 11,800), education and health services (up 10,900), leisure and hospitality (up 6,800), construction (up 6,500), professional and business services (up 4,100), information (up 2,200), government (up 1,800), financial activities (up 1,600), logging and mining (up 500), and other services (up 300).

Manufacturing was the only sector to lose jobs in the past year, down 400 jobs.

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 1.3 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.1 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.9 percent) and Mankato MSA (up 0.7 percent).

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Seasonally adjusted

 

Not seasonally adjusted

 

Unemployment Rate

December
2013

November 
2013

December
2013

December 
2012

Minnesota 

4.6

4.6

4.7

5.4

U.S. 

6.7

7.0

6.5

7.6

Employment

December
2013

November 
2013

Dec. ‘12-
Dec. ‘13
Level Change

Dec. ‘12-
Dec. ‘13
% Change

Minnesota

2,797,700

2,788,200

45,900

1.7

U.S.

136,877,000

136,803,000

2,193,000

1.6

 

 

Over The Year Employment Growth By Industry Sector (NSA)

 

OTY Job Change

OTY Growth Rate (%)

U.S. OTY             Growth Rate (%)

Total Non-Farm Employment

45,900

1.7

1.6

Logging and Mining

500

6.8

3.6

Construction

6,500

7.5

2.2

Manufacturing

-400

-0.1

0.7

Trade, Trans. and Utilities

11,800

2.3

2.1

Information

2,200

4.0

-0.4

Financial Activities

1,600

0.9

1.0

Prof. and Bus. Services

4,100

1.2

3.4

Ed. and Health Services

10,900

2.2

1.5

Leisure and Hospitality

6,800

2.9

2.7

Other Services

300

0.2

0.6

Government

1,800

0.4

-0.1

 

Metropolitan Statistical Area

OTY
Employment Change
(#, NSA)

OTY Employment Change
(%, NSA)

Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI MSA

35,200

2.0

Duluth-Superior MN-WI MSA

1,700

1.3

Rochester MSA

900

0.9

St. Cloud MSA

1,200

1.1

Mankato MSA

400

0.7

 

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Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.