In January Minnesota employers added nearly 52-thousand jobs, up nearly two-percent on a seasonal basis, replacing all but one-thousand jobs lost in December. DEED Commissioner(Department of Employment and Economic Development) Steve Grove:
Mower County saw a labor force of 20,521 in January, with 19,566 workers employed and 955 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 4.7%, which was up from 4% in December of 2020. In other county unemployment rates from January from around our KAUS listening area, Freeborn County saw a 5.1% rate of unemployment, Fillmore and Dodge Counties were both at 5.2%, Olmsted County reported a 4.2% rate of unemployment in January, Steele County was at 4.9% and Waseca County saw a 6.2% rate of unemployment in January. Monthly job gains in January were widespread with eight supersectors gaining jobs, two supersectors losing jobs, and Mining and Logging holding steady. The state’s unemployment rate sits at 4.5 percent.