City of Austin sees 3.5% rate of unemployment in August; Mower County 3.2%

Minnesota gained 4,400 jobs between July and August and the labor force grew for a sixth straight month. DEED Commissioner Matt Varilek says the labor force participation rate sits at 68.5% and Minnesota’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 3.1% in August:

The city of Austin saw a labor force of 12,806 workers in the month of August, with 12,357 employed and 449 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 3.5%, which was unchanged from July.  Mower County saw a labor force of 20,856 workers in August, with 20,187 employed and 669 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 3.2%, which was unchanged from July.  In other county unemployment rates for the month of August from around our KAUS listening area, Freeborn County was at 3.3%, Fillmore County was at 2.7%, Dodge County saw a 3% rate of unemployment for August, Olmsted County was at 2.5%, Steele County was at 3.6%, and Waseca County saw a 4% rate of unemployment in August.  Five supersectors in Minnesota gained jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis this past month including; Construction up 1,700 jobs, Leisure and Hospitality up 2,600 jobs, Manufacturing up 400 jobs, and Other Services up 600 jobs.