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State gains 4,400 jobs in June

Minnesota’s unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released in mid-July by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The agency said the state added 4,400 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis and has gained 77,478 jobs over the past year, the biggest over-the-year job gain since May 1998. Job growth in Minnesota is up 2.6 percent over the past year, compared with a national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in June at 3.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in June with 4,500 new jobs. Other industries posting job gains were professional and business services (up 2,300), manufacturing (up 2,100), government (up 1,500) and construction (up 900).

Education and health services, down 2,700, showed the largest drop in June. However, education and health services led all industries over the past year with 24,790 new jobs.