ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New figures show Minnesota gained 15,500 jobs in January, nudging the state’s unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to a seasonally adjusted 5.6 percent.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development says that boosts the state’s job gains since January 2010 to 29,000. The department says total jobs in the state have grown 1.1 percent over the past year, compared with 1.5 percent nationally.

Minnesota remains well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips says the robust job growth in January points to an economy gaining momentum. He says the private sector has been particularly strong, adding 27,200 jobs in the past two months alone.

As of December, the department says, the state had regained 38 percent of jobs lost in the recession.

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Comments (8)
  1. xxx says:

    So, from the last sentence in the article, this still means that over 60% of the folks who lost their jobs are still out of work!!

    1. K. says:

      You need to take a statistics course. You can’t do simple math calculations. Your answer doesn’t make any sense.

    2. Orrest says:

      People move, retire or become self employed. Your math does not work.

  2. Darren says:

    so if you consider the jobs lost as 100% of jobs were lost and we gained back 38%, that means 62 % are still unemployed of those who initally were unemployed. Not very good in my book.

  3. Rufus Larkin says:

    Don’t dare think the concept of “robust economy” means that MN is coming out of its perennial non-robust, boring, provincial, social doldrums! Most of any job gains in MN are not in the Metro but rather are due to warped statistics such as leaching off of North Dakota’s oil prosperity in a wood-tick fashion.

  4. Orrest says:

    The job gains in North Dakota are in North Dakota. Although Minnesotans may be employed there it would not be job gains in Minnesota.

  5. G Dog says:

    Can’t be Dayton’s and Obama’s efforts that brought this about. But if things were more dire, they would surely be to blame.

    The BUSH RECESSION morons!! Give credit to the Dem’s for trying to get us out of the Neocon’s cesspool.

  6. Ordinary Guy says:

    I’d love it if domestic oil was the reason for improvement. Oil, consumer products, internet services and goods, none of those say “Made In America” when I buy them. Do you think maybe we have a problem? What do you suppose would level the playing field? Some think that cuts until the roads go to prairies will help, but not so.

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