New data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show the state added 6,200 jobs in February. DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips says the state has now seen three straight months of "strong job growth."
The St. Cloud metro area got some good employment news today (Tuesday). The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says our unemployment rate dropped a half-percent in August, compared to July. Local unemployment is now at 6.5%.
Governor Mark Dayton starts a statewide jobs tour next week hoping to build a legacy as a jobs governor, with last month's government shutdown behind him. The first-term Democrat will kick off the tour in Fergus Falls on Wednesday.
Minnesota's state government shutdown boosted the unemployment rate last month as the state lost a net 19,800 jobs, mostly due to the government closure. The Department of Employment and Economic Development on Thursday reported a 7.2 percent jobless rate for July, up from 6.8 percent in June.