Minnesota unemployment rate moves to 4.1% in April

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.1% in April. That’s down 0.1% from March.

DEED says the decline was due to unemployed people gaining employment. Overall, the U.S. unemployment rate rose 0.1% to 6.1% last month.

Minnesota also gained 11,300 jobs in April, making it the fourth straight month the state has gained jobs, DEED said. The U.S. gained 266,000 jobs last month, up 0.2%.

According to DEED, Minnesota lost 416,300 jobs from February 2020 through April 2020 but has since regained 235,300 jobs, which is 56.5% of the jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.

"We’re continuing to see job growth," DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said. "At DEED, we are proactively working with Minnesotans looking for work and connecting them with employers who need talent. There are many good jobs available now."