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State jobless rate on the rise in October

Minnesota employers added 2,200 jobs in October, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The state's unemployment rate climbed 0.2 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted 7.6 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in October was 10.2 percent.

Becker County's jobless rate increased 0.1 percent to 6.6 percent and Otter Tail County's unemployment rate stayed at 6.3 percent from September.

Mahnomen County experienced job growth as its unemployment rate decline to 5.7 percent in October from 6.1 percent the previous month.

"A gain in jobs combined with an uptick in the unemployment rate are consistent with what economists often expect at the turning point of a recession," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "October's job growth in six of the industry sectors is a positive sign, and the widening gap between the state's and nation's unemployment rates is also noteworthy."

Professional and business services gained the most jobs during the month, adding 5,500 positions, followed by education and health services (up 3,700), leisure and hospitality (up 1,700), government (up 1,600), information (up 300) and financial activities (up 200). Logging and mining was flat for the month.

"Employment growth in temporary help is a leading indicator of an economic recovery, and we are hoping that this three-month trend continues," McElroy said.

Over the past year, education and health services added 11,700 jobs.