For the fourth straight month, Minnesota gained jobs. Last month the state gained 11,300 jobs. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says for some it’s not ramping up fast enough:
Mower County saw a labor force of 20,472 in April, with 19,753 workers employed and 719 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 3.5%, which was down from 4.1% in March. In other county unemployment rates for April rom around our KAUS listening area, Freeborn County was at 4.1%, Fillmore County was at 3.2%, Dodge and Olmsted Counties each saw a 3.3% rate of unemployment in April, Steele County was at 4.3% and Waseca County was at 4.9%. Minnesota lost 416,300 jobs from February through April 2020 and has since gained 235,300 jobs or 56.5% of the jobs lost on a seasonally adjusted basis. The private sector has regained 57.7% of the jobs lost.