Minnesota’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent in April and the state shed 360 thousand payroll jobs due to COVID-19. Oriane Casale (OR-ee-ahn cuh-SAL) with the Department of Employment and Economic Development indicates that the number is probably too low, because of the fast economic drop and other factors. Casale won’t hazard a prediction on what May’s unemployment number might be…

“but what I will say is that we would anticipate our unemployment rate to be more in line with what we’re seeing nationally, because the job loss number is similar to what we’re seeing nationally, and the unemployment insurance application number is much more in line with what we’re seeing nationally.”

The national unemployment rate is 14.7 percent.