The State experienced a large increase in jobs in December as employers added a reported 8,900 jobs, according to the latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Construction led all sectors last month with 5,700 new jobs, while the professional and business services sector was down 1,400 jobs. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development logo

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 3.1-percent, down slightly from the revised rate of 3.2-percent in November and the lowest level since July 2000.

Over the span of 2017, that State gained 44,200 jobs or a growth rate of 1.5-percent. Education and health services led all sectors last year with 12,626 new jobs.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, all regions gained jobs in the past 12 months. The Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA led the way with a gain of 2.4-percent, followed by Duluth-Superior at 2.1-percent, Mankato was up 1.7-percent, St. Cloud at 1.2-percent and Rochester rounded out the MSA’s at 0.1-percent.