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Minnesota Unemployment Is Up For July


ST. PAUL , MN (KDAL) - Minnesota employers lost 19,800 jobs in July, largely due to the three-week state government shutdown, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state unemployment rate rose 0.4 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent, compared with the U.S. rate of 9.1 percent.

"We're encouraged by the gain of 8,200 private-sector jobs in July," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "While the numbers are temporarily distorted by the state government shutdown, Minnesota's job growth continues to improve incrementally and actually shows signs of strength in a number of sectors." 

Manufacturing led all sectors, adding 3,500 jobs. Other gains occurred in professional and business services (up 3,000), financial activities (up 1,900), education and health services (up 1,300), other services (up 1,000), trade, transportation and utilities (up 200), and logging and mining (up 100).

Job losses occurred in July in government (down 28,000), construction (down 2,000), information (down 700), and leisure and hospitality (down 100).

Preliminary data as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the state government shutdown reported a gain of 13,200 jobs during the month of June and another 0.1 percent uptick in unemployment to 6.8 percent. Due to significant revisions, construction employment gained 4,800 jobs in June, so total employment growth now stands at 18,600.