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Job market brightens

The job outlook is brightening up locally and throughout the state.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in November to 4.6 percent.

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Douglas County’s unemployment rate stands at 3.2 percent as of October.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 7 percent in November.

According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the state gained 39,800 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 1.4 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent.

“The labor market continues to show steady improvement, with the number of unemployed Minnesotans now below pre-recessionary levels,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben in a news release. “The state economy is growing and outperforming the rest of the country in many key categories.”

JOB GAINS Six of the state’s 11 industrial sectors showed job gains in November:

● Information: +1,300 jobs

● Financial: +1,200

● Other: +1,100

● Manufacturing: +400

● Construction: +400

● Leisure and Hospitality: +100.

JOB LOSSES Job losses occurred in:

● Government: -3,200

● Professional and Business: -1,600

● Trade, Transportation and Utilities: -300

● Education and Health Services: -200

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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