Unemployment numbers show recovery has been tenuous

New unemployment data shows small increase from Duluth to the nation.

The increases are all less than three tenths of a percent, but underscore a tenuous recovery.

Duluth’s unemployment rate increased to 7.0 percent in December from 6.9 percent in November. The number of unemployed only slightly increased from 3,137 to 3,179 month to month, with the larger changes coming in the labor force and jobs.

The number of people employed or seeking jobs fell more than 500 from 45,690 to 45,125, and the number of people employed fell about 600 from 42,552 to 41,946.

In St. Louis County, unemployment increased to 8.1 in December from 7.9 in November. The county shed 380 jobs, the labor force diminished 1,300 and unemployment remained relatively unchanged.

Hibbing’s unemployment fell for the sixth straight month to 10.9 percent, while Virginia’s rate remained at 10.7 from month to month.

Minnesota saw its unemployment rate increase to 7.3 in December from 7.0 in November. The rate in the nation increased to 9.7 from 9.4.

All unemployment percentages are seasonally unadjusted.