Minnesota adds 1,300 jobs in March; unemployment rate rises

March saw Minnesota employers add 1,300 jobs to their rolls. Yet the state’s unemployment rate rose to 3.2 percent.

The state’s jobless figure, which rose 0.1 percentage point from the month before, remains below the national rate of 3.8 percent.

That Minnesota’s unemployment insurance claims remained steady in spite of the rising unemployment rate “suggests that Minnesotans may be looking for better employment opportunities,” said Steve Grove, commissioner of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency released the seasonally adjusted figures on Thursday.

Minnesota’s growth the past 12 months was a 0.3 percent increase.

Along with the added jobs in March, the agency revised February’s drop. Latest figures show the state lost 7,800 jobs in February, 1,000 less than first thought.

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