Unemployment Rate Drops in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

Unemployment Rate Drops in the Northland

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Even though Minnesota's statewide unemployment rate stayed at 5.5% from January to February, the unemployment rate for the Northland dropped.

New jobs numbers released this week from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development indicates that the Twin Ports region saw a drop from 8% in January to 7.4% in February.

Across the Northeast, the rate went down from 8.4% in January to 7.7% in February.

Last month, Minnesota added 14,500 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Private employers also added 15,500 jobs over the month while Government lost 1,000.

The sectors that saw the biggest increase in jobs in Minnesota include Professional and Business Services (up 6,800), Leisure and Hospitality (up 3,200), and Education and Health Services (up 1,900).

Areas that lost jobs in February include Government (down 1,000), Manufacturing (down 800) and Information (down 100).

The national unemployment rate also dropped from a seasonally adjusted 7.9% in January to 7.7% in February.

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