After holding steady for much of the summer, Minnesota’s jobless rate edged up in August. The state is reporting an unemployment rate of 7 percent for last month. That’s up one-tenth of one percent from July’s revised figure of 6.9 percent. Minnesota’s rate remains well below the national figure of 9.6 percent in August.
Minnesota employers added 600 jobs during the month, led by gains in professional and business services. Sectors that saw job losses in August include trade, transportation and utilities, construction, and leisure and hospitality.