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State officials say Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July

ST. PAUL — Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, state officials announced Thursday.

On the other hand, the Department of Employment and Economic Development said the state unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 percent. That compares with the country’s 6.2 percent July jobless rate.

While job numbers fell in July, DEED reported that in the past year Minnesota gained 68,344 jobs, a 2.5 percent growth rate.

“July’s employment change appears disappointing,” DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said. “However, this is the smallest percentage decline in jobs for a July since 1999. Minnesota’s economic indicators remain positive, and underlying employment data continue to look strong.”

Transportation, utilities and hospitality industries reported more jobs in July, while education, health services, information, construction, financial activities and government reported drops.

“The July employment losses in education and health services were the most on record, driven by job cuts in private education,” DEED reported.

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