Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a steady 3.3% during December, according to data released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December also held a steady 3.5%.
Minnesota gained 3,978 jobs from December 2018 to December 2019, a 0.1% increase.
The private sector average wage rate was up 24 cents in December for a 4% rise over the year.
Minnesota’s labor force participation rate held at 70.3%, compared to the national rate of 63.2%. The state’s employment-to-population ratio ticked down one-tenth of a percent to 68%, compared to 61% nationally.
The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was the only MSA to lose jobs in December; employment was down 504 jobs.