DEED: Minnesota unemployment rate holds steady at 2.8 percent

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

January 17, 2019 10:27 AM

Minnesota's unemployment rate has held steady for the past four months at 2.8 percent, a new report indicated Thursday.

According to the report the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) released, the state gained about 500 jobs in December, on a seasonally-adjusted basis.


The state's 2.8 percent unemployment rate remains the lowest since May 1999.

Meanwhile, the DEED report stated that during the course of the year, the state has added 31,441 jobs, or a 1.1 percent increase over last December.

DEED's report was released in the midst of news that the number of furloughed federal employees seeking unemployment benefits jumped in the first two weeks of the shutdown.

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The Labor Department gave the update Thursday, adding federal employees who aren't working during the partial government shutdown are eligible to claim unemployment aid.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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