ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since March 2001.
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday that November’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.5 percent.READ MORE: Family Mourns 'Loving' And 'Gentle' St. Paul Man After Fatal Hit-And-Run
Employers added 7,200 jobs last month and there was a revision showing another small gain instead of a loss for October. Nine of the industrial sectors the agency tracks gained jobs in November, with only manufacturing and miscellaneous services losing ground.READ MORE: Minnesota Gophers Beat Maryland 34-16
Minnesota’s jobless rate remains better than the national average. The U.S. rate for November was 5 percent. But the state’s employment growth rate has been slower than the national average.
State officials have begun focusing on a newer worry: a tightening labor market fed by a mismatch between openings and qualified workers available.MORE NEWS: 5 People Injured In House Explosion In Cambridge
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