ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s state government shutdown boosted the unemployment rate last month as the state lost a net 19,800 jobs, mostly due to the government closure.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development on Thursday reported a 7.2 percent jobless rate for July, up from 6.8 percent in June.

State agencies laid off 22,000 workers when political leaders failed to pass a budget on time. Those employees were idled for 20 days in the nation’s longest state government shutdown in at least a decade.

DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips says the shutdown masked underlying job growth, with the private sector adding more than 8,000 jobs.

Governments cut 28,000 positions, while manufacturers, professional services and the financial sectors added jobs.

Minnesota’s jobless rate still remains well below the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Samantha Smith Reports

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Comments (18)
  1. Rico Suave says:

    Dayton fuels MN unemployment rate by trying to make a point, then folding like a cheap suit.

    1. Jim says:

      And the Republican legislators had nothing to do with it? Right. Partisans like Rico Suave are the problem. Anyone who blames one side and not the other is a fool.

      1. leroy says:

        Right Jim, keep up the standard post to anyone saying the obvious.

        In the end, Dayton signed a proposal that was there before the shut down.

        He also could have worked to fund the government, like so many other states did, until the budget was done.

        His words were, “All or nothing”

        Keep drinking the cool aid Joe.

        1. Jim says:

          I’m drinking the cool aid, and you’re not. Sure. Let me again state: Partisans like Rico Suave [ and leroy] are the problem. Anyone who blames one side and not the other is a fool.

          “In the end, Dayton signed a proposal that was there before the shut down.” I agree that Dayton lost this battle. But that doesn’t mean that he alone is to blame for the shutdown. The Republicans refused to raise taxes, and their words were “our way or no way.”

          And before you spout off with the typical liberal bashing, you should know that I did not vote for Dayton.

          1. dan says:

            So what blame do you place on Dayton? In your rants it appears you are only blaming republicans.

            1. Jim says:

              That’s because I’m responding to people who are blaming only Dayton.

              I blame both sides equally. Both sides stuck to their ideologies to the point that they didn’t do their jobs, and the government shut down. Our elected officials are there to make sure that government runs properly, and both Democrats and Republicans are enormous failures in this area. If it were up to me I’d throw every single one of them out of office: Dayton, the Democrats, and the Republicans alike. They all blew it.

    2. StraycatStrut says:

      Dayton is the walking stiff on Summit Ave. Those who voted for him I bet are real happy to lose their jobs. Good going Dayton….. maybe you can lose your job too. All for a $1 hike in cigerette tax…. gotta be kidding me. Once again….. Democrats proved they know nothing about the economy except spending $$$ they do not have…just like little kids.

      1. Jim says:

        Partisans like StraycatStrut are the problem. Anyone who blames one side and not the other is a fool.

        1. StraycatStrut says:

          @Jim…. the budget was like a 5-10% increase…largest EVER in MN…. but Dumb Dayton tries to hold out for like a 25% increase….. it is not “people like me”… its irresponsible uncontrolable spending. People like me are just tee’d off at these idiots holding the State of MN hostage then blaming everyone else but themselves…..esp after Dayton told us he would not shut the State down. He needs to go. Sooner the better.

  2. Mark says:

    Oh c’mon Rico Righty! This downturn will be gone next month because the shutdown has ended, and the numbers will reflect that. Even you should be able to figure it out. Oh and tell me since Boehner started to control the GOP house in Washington, How many jobs bills have been introduced by the Republicans on a National level? He has had roughly 240 days in control. C’mon, the answer is really easy…….

    One? Sorry that answer is too high.


    That’s Right!!! Zero Jobs Bills brought forth by this republican house in DC !!!!! And you all want to blame the democrats. Time for you TEA PAERTY people to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!!

    1. add it up says:

      Thats because the republicans know we have to stop spending money we don’t have.

      1. Mark says:

        @add it up
        If we create jobs, won’t those created jobs also produce revenue through payroll taxes? So if we spend a little to create jobs, those jobs could return much more in revenue than the total cost. I wish our legislators would start to be a part of the solution instead of allowing us to continue to “spin our wheels” and becoming mired in the terrible position we have found ourselves in over the past 4 to 5 years.

  3. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    What is the number, 22000, or 28,000. Both numbers are cited inthe story. How many government employees were laid off?

  4. adding in says:

    Thanks to the Democrat whino Dayton.

  5. Matt says:

    I love the GOP’s idea. Lower Taxes, Less Spending

    I hate the GOP’s plan. Make the Poor poorer, make the midclass poor, make the rich richer, make the super rich super super rich

    Show me a good GOP plan that will work and I’ll support it. Until then I’ll support people who care about others and aren’t looking out for greedy job killers

    1. Glen says:

      That too bad. That means you would be a Libertarian with no representation.

  6. M B says:

    This, boys and girls, is the reason economists say that you shouldn’t cut government during a recession.

    It’s real simple, but so many seem to miss it: If you cut government, you cut jobs and you cut contracts to companies that employ you and your neighbors. You cuts jobs when there are none for those people to go to, then you just put people on unemployment, which raises the burden on government. So you may have saved some by letting them go, but you’re still paying them and now they are less likely to spend money at your business (I’m looking at you, Republicans that whine about your businesses being taxed under Dayton’s original plan) because they can’t afford it.

    You kill government during a recession and you will ultimately hurt your own business.

    But when you have Reagan/Bush Economics beaten into your brain for 20 of the last 31 years, it’s hard not to be a little off center.

  7. quentin says:

    On the positive side, I guess it means that we also created 22,000 jobs last month.

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