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Minnesota Job Market adds 13,200 New Jobs in June

UnemploymentST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained relatively steady again in June after adding 13,200 jobs.

State labor officials say the jobless rate rose 0.1 percent to 6.7 percent, better than the national rate of 9.2 percent. Officials say that the gain in jobs is very good news, but that it will take long-term, sustained job growth to impact the state’s unemployment rate.

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in job growth, adding 8,000 jobs. Other big gains occurred in trade, transportation, utilities, education, health services and government.

The biggest June job losses occurred in construction (down 2,200) followed by professional and business services (1,200).

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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