Minnesota jobs up, unemployment steady

Employers added 7,200 jobs in June, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday.

At the same time, the percentage of people without work remained at 5.6 percent for the third straight month. The national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.

The June job gains came after three months that showed jobs were lost in the state. In May, 4,700 jobs were cut.

“The state is outperforming the country in several key sectors, including construction, manufacturing and financial activities,” DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said.

Professional and business services jobs showed the most gain last month, up 5,100. Government increases followed closely at 4,400.

On the other hand, leisure and hospitality jobs fell 2,300 in June.

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