Minnesota unemployment rate rises in February

By KBJR News 1

March 27, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com0--- February wasn't a good month for jobs as Minnesota employers cut 100 jobs.

That follows a much stronger January in which 800 jobs were gained.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development reports that job losses were seen in the information, government, financial activities, trade, and transportation and utilities sectors.

Minnesota's unemployment rate climbed 1/10 of a percent last month, to 4.8 percent, well below the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent.

Despite job losses, there were still gains in education and health services, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, construction and mining and logging.

""Construction remains the fastest growing sector, up at a rate of 8.5 percent, while education and health care continues to be the sector with the largest job increase with 13 thousand 433 additional jobs since last September," said Steve Hine, DEED LMI Director.

44 ,714 jobs were added in the state in the last year.

Minnesota is now 5,200 workers shy of having 3 million people in its work force.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati