Mankato led the state in job growth over the past year, and also topped the national employment increase number by a wide margin.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development numbers for January show the area saw job growth of 2.9 percent over the past 12 months, far ahead of second place Duluth at 1.3 percent.

Employment in Minneapolis-St. Paul increased 0.7 percent, Rochester was up 0.3 percent, and St. Cloud up 0.2 percent.

The state gained just over 20,000 jobs over the past year, and DEED says that’s a 0.7 percent growth rate. The unemployment rate was steady at 3.3 percent. U.S. jobs were up 1.5 percent, with a 4.1 percent unemployment rate.