Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Bad news first, Minnesota's July employment losses in education and health services were the worst on record due to job cuts in private education. Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in that sector in July.
Now to the good news, the unemployment rate remained at a steady 4.5%.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the job loss in July should not be looked at as a disappointment, because this is the smallest decline in overall jobs for July since 1999.
1,600 trade, transportation and utilities jobs were added and 700 manufacturing jobs were added.
Over the past twelve months the state gained almost 69–thousand jobs, which is better than the nationwide growth rate.