Minnesota jobless rate hits 3.9 percent

by Anne Millerbernd

The jobless rate in Minnesota dropped to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 percent in October, according to a Thursday press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

According to the release, state employers added 9,500 jobs last month, contributing to the 28,300 total jobs the state added in the past three months.

"The state's pace of job growth has been impressive in the last three months, with employers adding more jobs than in any three-month period since 1990," DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben said in the release.

The most jobs were added in trade, transportation and utilities at 5,200, followed by education and health services which grew by 4,500. Jobs were lost in areas like leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and government in October, the release said.

The Pioneer Press reported that the country's current unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.