MN Unemployment Rate 19 Aug 11

Last month’s three-week state government shutdown had its predicted effect in the state’s jobless numbers for July.

About 22,000 state workers were laid off during the July 1-19 shutdown, leading to a rise of 0.4 percent in the state’s unemployment rate — even though most of those employees were back on the job well before the end of the month.

The unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent in July, the same as in July 2010. The June unemployment rate also was adjusted up 0.1 percent to 6.8 after “significant revisions” to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The national unemployment rate in July was 9.1 percent, 0.1 percent below where it was in June and 0.4 percent lower than in July 2010.

Despite the fallout from the longest state government shutdown in the nation in at least a decade, which contributed to Minnesota losing 19,800 jobs during the month, DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips touted Thursday the addition of 8,200 private-sector jobs.