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Minnesota added 3,800 jobs in February; unemployment rate holds at 4%

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Unemployment rate is 4 percent for the seventh straight month. 

Minnesota employers are off to a slow hiring start in 2017, as new data confirmed a swing in momentum first signaled by the state economic agency.

The state added 3,800 jobs last month and the unemployment rate held at 4 percent for the seventh straight month, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said in its preliminary February report.

The agency also revised its reading from January to a loss of 3,900 jobs from the loss of 8,300 jobs it made in a preliminary report on March 9. Put together, the agency estimates Minnesota’s base of nearly 3 million jobs lost 100 during the first two months of the year.

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