Slight Job Gain for Twin Ports in April

Slight Job Gain for Twin Ports in April

Created: May 16, 2019 02:16 PM

Newly-released statistics show the greater Twin Ports area had a slight job gain last month, when compared with numbers from one year ago.

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The numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show that the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area had 140 more jobs in April than one year earlier, a 0.1 percent increase.  The numbers represent a recovery from March, when the Twin Ports saw a slight annual job loss.

The Twin Ports' job growth rate was smaller than all other Minnesota metro areas.

Minnesota's logging and mining sector added 303 jobs from April 2018 to April 2019, an increase of 4.9 percent.  That's second only to construction, which saw a 10.5 percent increase in jobs over the year.

Statewide, Minnesota saw a 0.5 percent increase in jobs over the year, amounting to more than 14,000 new jobs.  DEED said Minnesota gained 3,600 jobs last month, when adjusted for normal seasonal changes.

Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent, up from 3.5 percent in March.  Wisconsin's rate fell to 2.8 percent, matching a previous record low, while Michigan rose to 4.1 percent. The national jobless rate was 3.6 percent.

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