Minnesota employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The loss, combined with a revised gain of 800 jobs in January, brought total job growth in the state over the past year to 44,714, a growth rate of 1.6 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent.
The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in February to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent. The U.S. rate is 6.7 percent.
The state’s labor force participation rate climbed 0.2 percent for the second consecutive month to reach 70.5 percent. That two-month gain was the biggest jump in the labor force participation rate in 13 years.