State loses 100 jobs in February

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.

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