MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says the state unemployment rate dipped down to 3.2% in January, after Minnesota added 8,500 private sector jobs.

The national unemployment rate was 3.6%, up one tenth of a point from December, while Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell by one tenth of a point.

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“Minnesota experienced the strongest private sector job growth in January that it’s seen in 20 months, tightening an already lean labor market,” DEED Commissioner Steve Grove told the media.

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Five industries gained jobs in the time span, lead by the industries of and manufacturing & professional and business services. Four industries lost jobs, with the leisure & hospitality industry losing the most.

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According to DEED, average hourly earnings for all private sector workers rose by 20 cents to $31.39 in January.