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MN unemployment rate unchanged in May

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota's unemployment rate is unchanged from May compared to the previous month, as employers added 8,400 jobs. Locally, in Rochester, 800 jobs were added since last year at this time, meaning employment was up 8-tenths of a percent.

The latest figures all come from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The agency says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 5.3 percent, the same as it was in April. The state also lost fewer jobs in April than originally estimated.

That's in comparison to a national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

The agency says Minnesota has now regained just over 93 percent of the jobs lost during the recession. The state is 10,700 jobs shy of the pre-recessionary peak.

The biggest gaining job sectors in May were leisure and hospitality, government, professional and business services, and education and health services.

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