Minn. Unemployment Rate Dips Again To 5.9 Percent

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s unemployment took another big drop in November to 5.9 percent, state officials calculated Thursday. For some of those out of work, it means trimmed access to unemployment benefits.

In its monthly report, the state Department of Employment and Economic Development said the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month was a half-point lower than in October. The rate dropped even though employers cut 13,700 jobs.

Because Minnesota’s average unemployment rate has been so low compared with the national rate — which stood at 8.6 percent in November — its residents won’t for certain receive extended benefits. Senior department official Steve Hine said as many as 16,000 people could see their window for receiving emergency benefits narrowed, though he cautioned that the precise number was hard to pin down and that pending legislation in Washington would have an effect, too.

Hine said conflicting data coming from employer and household surveys used to calculate the unemployment rate partially explain the contradiction between a falling rate and continued job losses. He said it could mean more people are self-employed or doing contract work as companies shed payroll.

Hine said participation in Minnesota’s work force is down to 71.6 percent — a level the state hasn’t seen since 1988. People not viewed as participating in the work force aren’t included in unemployment calculations.

Minnesota lags the nation in annual job growth, with a 0.3 percent growth rate compared to 1.2 percent growth nationally.

The biggest sectors for lost jobs in Minnesota were leisure and hospitality, government and construction. Job gains were seen in education and health services, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality sectors.

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  • Carl

    You can thank a Republican!

    • Now Carl

      Dale, remember you have to be back at the home by 5:00PM sharp. You were late the last time, and that caused a lot of trouble.

      Also, the Park Board called and they don’t mind you sitting on that park bench down at Riverplace, but they do wish you’d quit yelling at the pigeons about Obama.

    • Jim

      Carl, with a Republican president and governor, the economy tanked and unemployment skyrocketed. Now with a Democratic president and governor, the economy is recovering and unemployment continues to decline. Hmm. So what should I thank a Republican for again?

      • Jack

        You better check back when the dems took office. Gas 190 a gallon. unemployment under 8%.

        • Jim

          Jack, I’m not sure what gas prices have to do with a story about unemployment. As for your claim that “unemployment [was] under 8%” when “the dems took office,” I’m not sure that’s something to brag about considering it’s currently at 5.9%. No matter how you look at it, the economy is better now that it was a few years ago. I know an improving economy doesn’t fit the Republican agenda, but it is what it is.

          • Jack

            I was talking about the national unemployment rate. Gas prices have everything to do with unemployment as business must pay that first and hire second. If you think our economy is better now than when gb was in office you are on drugs or drunk. I dont think one economist in the world would agree with you.

      • Carl

        Jim, you take yourself and my comment way too seriously. Not sure if you followed CCo months after the Republicans won in a landslide, but there was alot of blaming the Republicans for the lack of jobs. So if Dems are going to blame Republicans for lack of jobs then they should give credit where credit is due.
        The only thing Obama and Gov Crazy eyes have done in regards to jobs is build a bigger govt.
        Here’s a hint, take a look at what sector of jobs increased…….Retail! Guess what, this will be reverting back come February.

        • Jim

          Carl, neither side has done much to help with jobs in this state. Partisans like you who blame one side while covering for the other are part of the problem.

          • Carl

            Partisans like me? Your comments above 11:41am kind of show you as a kettle calling the pot black. Nice try!

            • Jim

              I was responding to your statement about thanking Republicans, Carl. I’m not a Democrat nor a Republican, and I’m smart enough to realize that blaming one side for the troubled economy and not the other will get us nowhere.

      • d

        How many people left the work force? The holidays have created alot of part time temp jobs

    • Richard in Minneapolis

      Can we please, Please, PLEASE have ONE ARTICLE on ‘CCO that the trolls don’t instantly sully by interjecting politics! Yeesh!

      • Thorsten Veblen

        Um, no?

  • Skeptic

    Sure it dd. Figures lie and liars figure.

    • I'm with you

      I don’t believe nuttin’. Bring back the Gold Standard; US out of UN. Impeach Earl Warren.

  • G Dog

    Actually, I hired several thousand Minnesotans to rake my yard and shovel my driveway at my house in Minnetonka.

    No need to thank me.

  • Skeptic 2

    That just means their are more that are out of unemployment. They need a way to figure that one out. Better check out the welfare lines.They only count the ones on unemployment

  • sayin

    Republicans fix things. Period.

    • Yup

      Sure fixed that Clinton surplus, didn’t they?

  • Bob Kappers Sr

    all the people who quit looking for work are not included [whats the real number democrats/?

  • The facts

    Thank you Mr. President Obama and the Democratic party. If not for you the economy would be far worse, it was slippimg into disaster when you took over
    Thank You again.

    • dan

      We have a comedian in the house. Wonderful!

    • harold

      good one, ha ha.

  • Kat

    Really, the unemployment has dropped to what? How about counting all the people that have exhausted their unemployment benefits! My husband is still unemployed since March 2011, and the job interviews he goes on; look at him with a smerk because he is over 50 years old! One younger receptionist even said “Not to discourage you, but we don’t hire anyone over 30!” Come on people, older people make the best employees: at work everyday, prompt, complete their work on time, etc! All the companies that treat older workers should be fined for your inappropriate methods of hiring new employees!

    • True

      That’s because us younger people can get as much work done as your husband but in half the time with 10 times the quality.

      • Obv.

        So you can cookm twice as many fries in half the time? you’re a joke.

  • ang

    Is this percentage including the people who no longer receive unemployment paychecks but are still unemployed? Usually they aren’t counted. If they counted them there would probably be way higher.

  • Obv.

    Anyone unemployed for more than 6 months should be shot, i’ve never been without a job since I was 15 that was 20+ years ago, stop thinking you’re worth so much, and take some pride in yourself and get a job.

  • Jeff

    My friends in North Dakota cannot find enough people to work for them.
    Just say’n

    • The Truth

      Yes, and if we all of a sudden strike oil in Minnesota, we will have our unemployment drop too.

  • The Facts

    Thank you Mr. President Obama and the Democratic party. If not for you the economy would be far worse, it was slippimg into disaster when you took over
    Thank You again.

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