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Minnesota jobless rate remains steady

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in April despite there being 3,200 fewer jobs, according to latest figures released Thursday.

The snowy beginning to spring appears to have played a factor.

“Unusual weather conditions in the early part of the month were likely a contributing factor in April’s job losses, particularly in industries like construction and leisure and hospitality,” DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said in a prepared statement. “The state’s labor market fundamentals remain solid, with the number of unemployed Minnesotans at a 17-year low and the unemployment rate in recent months at its lowest level since August 2000."

The job losses are based on seasonally adjusted numbers, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Meanwhile, March’s 2,900-job gain was revised downward to 400 jobs gained for that month.

Over the past 12 months, the state added 11,659 jobs, a 0.4 percent increase. Nationally the increase was 1.7 percent over the same 12 months.

The national unemployment rate in April was 3.9 percent.

Black and Hispanic Minnesotans continue to have higher jobless rates than their white peers, though the numbers have improved the past year.

The unemployment rate for blacks was 6.8 percent in April, a decrease from 7 percent in March and 8.1 percent a year ago.

Hispanic unemployment was 3.6 percent in April, up from 3.1 percent in March but down from 5.4 percent in April 2017.

The white jobless rate was 2.7 percent in April, down from 2.8 percent in March and 3.1 percent last year.

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