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Minnesota adds 3,800 jobs, unemployment rate rises in January

ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 3,800 jobs last month, though the state’s unemployment rate increased to 3 percent.

The jobless rate was 2.9 percent in December, according to a report released Thursday, March 7, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED.

The national unemployment rate in January was 4 percent.

“Minnesota has started the year on a positive note with 3,800 new jobs,” DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said. “However, with revisions we continue to see job growth slowing across the state as our labor force continues to tighten.”

The state lost 800 jobs in December, a figure that was adjusted downward from the initial report of 500 jobs gained.

Minnesota has added 7,803 jobs since January 2018, a 0.3 percent growth rate, the lowest since the end of the recession. The national rate was 1.9 percent.