MN Employers Cut 16,700 Jobs in June

Thursday, July 16th, 2009 at 8:40 am

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers cut 16,700 jobs in June, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said the state’s unemployment rate in June rose to a seasonally adjusted 8.4 percent, up from 8.1 percent in May. The U.S. unemployment rate in June reached 9.5 percent.

“The June employment figures represent the challenges that people and families are facing in this difficult economy,” said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. “Even though Minnesota’s unemployment rate is more than a point below the national rate, we’d like to see more people connecting with employment opportunities. We encourage people looking for jobs to visit their nearest WorkForce Center for assistance.”

The sectors that added jobs in June were trade, transportation and utilities, which gained 800 jobs, and financial activities, which added 600 positions.

Jobs losses occurred in June in construction (down 3,900), manufacturing (down 3,700), professional and business services (down 3,500), leisure and hospitality (down 3,000), logging and mining (down 1,000), government (down 800), other services (down 800), information (down 700), and education and health care (down 700).

Over the past year, education and health services gained 16,200 jobs and government added 2,500 jobs.

Job losses occurred over the past 12 months in manufacturing (down 39,600), professional and business services (down 32,900), construction (down 19,200), trade, transportation and utilities (down 18,700), leisure and hospitality (down 9,400), other services (down 4,900), information (down 2,300), logging and mining (down 2,000), and financial activities (down 1,600).

In the state’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas, over-the-year job losses occurred in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (down 3.7 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (down 4.1 percent), St. Cloud MSA (down 1.8 percent) and Rochester MSA (down 1.3 percent).

McElroy said DEED is committed to helping people and businesses get through the economic downturn. Along with services for the unemployed, such as Unemployment Insurance benefits, Minnesota WorkForce Centers, and the Dislocated Worker Program, the agency has services for businesses, including the Office of Entrepreneurship, which operates the network of Small Business Development Centers. The agency’s 47 WorkForce Centers around the state served nearly 24,000 unique customers last month.

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