Minnesota employers added nearly 7,000 jobs in June, holding the unemployment rate steady at 3.1 percent.

State job analyst Sanjukta Chaudhuri said, “According to our preliminary June numbers. Minnesota now has a seasonally-adjusted total jobs of 2.96 million jobs statewide and that’s the most the state has had in its history.”

Chaudhuri said the only sectors that lost jobs were government, education and health services and, “Across the rest of the economy the largest gains came from leisure and hospitality followed by manufacturing. And there were also gains in construction, information, professional and business services.”

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors adding 2,700 jobs, followed by manufacturing up 2,000.

Over the past two months, Minnesota gained 17,300 jobs, the state’s strongest growth spurt in more than a year.