MN Adds 3,800 Jobs in February 23 Mar 17

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 3,800 jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures announced today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 
In addition, the agency said January’s job losses were revised from 8,300 jobs lost to 3,900 jobs lost. Over the past year, the state has gained 39,564 jobs, a growth rate of 1.4 percent. U.S. job growth during that period was 1.7 percent. 
Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was steady in February at 4 percent, the seventh consecutive month at that level. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in February. 
“The February report is another sign that Minnesota’s economy is moving in the right direction,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Businesses are adding jobs and people are finding work in growing industries like construction and education and health services.” 
Trade, transportation and utilities led all sectors last month with 5,700 new jobs. Other sectors gaining jobs were construction (up 4,500), manufacturing (up 1,100), education and health services (up 800), other services (up 800) and logging and mining (up 100).