The latest jobs report shows Minnesota gained 10,200 jobs in January, inching the unemployment rate down to 2.9 percent. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says nine of the state’s supersectors led to the increase:
Mower County saw a labor force of 20,814 workers in the month of January, with 20,157 employed and 657 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 3.2%, up from 2.4% in December, while the city of Austin also saw an unemployment rate of 3.2%, up from 2.4% in December as well. Other county unemployment rates from around our KAUS listening area from January included Freeborn County at 3.3%, Fillmore County at 3.6%, Dodge County saw a 3.9% rate of unemployment in January, Olmsted County was at 2.7%, Steele County registered a 3.5% rate of unemployment in January and Waseca County was at 4.5%. Losses were in construction down 1,400 and trade, transportation, and utilities, down 500.