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Twin Ports Lead Greater Minn. Job Growth

Twin Ports Lead Greater Minn. Job Growth

Created: January 18, 2018 03:45 PM

The Twin Ports area is leading Greater Minnesota job growth as Minnesota and Wisconsin mark another month of strong employment statistics.

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Newly-released numbers show Wisconsin's unemployment rate in December dropped to 3 percent, tying the all-time record low set in July 1999. Minnesota's rate fell to 3.1 percent, which is the lowest its been since July 2000. The rates are adjusted for normal seasonal variations.

Nationally, the adjusted unemployment rate for December was 4.1 percent. Michigan saw a slight uptick in its jobless rate to 4.7 percent.

Locally, the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area added 2,868 jobs over the year, representing a 2.1 percent growth rate. Only the Twin Cities had a stronger rate in Minnesota. The Duluth-Superior MSA includes all of St. Louis, Carlton, and Douglas counties.

The logging and mining sector showed the highest growth rate in Minnesota at 10.8 percent, with 677 more jobs in December 2017 than one year earlier. Education and job services showed the highest number of new jobs in Minnesota at 12,626.


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