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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota’s jobless rate held steady in August but there were some encouraging trends.

The state unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.2 percent last month, even with fluctuations caused by state employees returning to their jobs after the government shutdown.

But Minnesota added 5800 jobs in the private sector, including continued hiring in construction.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

“Construction is up over the construction season here by 7500 jobs. That’s the first time we’ve had gains over the construction season here since 2006, so that’s a very positive development,” said state labor analyst Steve Hine.

Hine said one concern is how much longer Minnesota’s job scenario can avoid being dragged down by the sluggish national trends.

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