Unemployment ticks downward, labor force participation holds steady

The Department of Employment and Economic Development says Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths to 3.1 percent in December.

That is the lowest level since 2019.

The state’s labor force participation rate has remained steady at 67.7 percent in the last month.

The state lost 2,000 jobs last month, but the November numbers were revised upward by 5,000 jobs.

“The good news remains that our economy is bursting with great job opportunities, and DEED will continue our proactive programs to Minnesota job-seekers across the state,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent last month.

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