State unemployment rate falls, region adds jobs

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in September, which is 1.5 percent below the national average and a drop from the state’s August rate of 8 percent, said the Associated Press.

The Duluth-Superior metro area saw an increase of 1,300 to 1,400 jobs in September, with regional unemployment figures due out next week, said regional labor market analyst Drew Digby.

Digby said the increase came from educators returning to classrooms this fall as well as upticks in mining and construction.

On the state level, about 19,000 fewer people sought unemployment help, and the number of people who were employed grew by 15,000.

Five of Minnesota’s 11 industry sectors added jobs. But Minnesota is still 124,400 jobs below the number that existed in September 2008. The state shed 7,900 jobs last month.