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MN?grows jobs in March

Minnesota employers have added 17,200 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 0.6 percent. During the same period, U.S. job growth was 0.4 percent.

The state's seasonally adjusted employment rate reached 4.7 percent, compared with a national unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in March .

"In the midst of challenging economic times, MN employers have added 9,300 jobs since January," said Dan McElroy, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Education and Health Services led the way, adding 2,300 jobs, followed by Government; Manufacturing; Leisure and Hospitality; Other Services and Construction. Sectors losing jobs were Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Information; National Resources and Mining; Financial Activities and Professional and Business Services.

Over the year, employment in the Twin Cities has grown 0.8 percent, Duluth-Superior region grew 1.3 percent, Rochester grew 1.9 percent and the St. Cloud region grew 1.3 percent.