MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate increased slightly in February for the second consecutive month as brutal winter weather idled more than 6,000 construction workers.
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development says the jobless rate last month was 3.1 percent, inching up from 3 percent in January.
In addition to the loss of 6,200 construction jobs last month, Minnesota's professional and business services sector lost 3,500 jobs. But, leisure and hospitality employers added about 3,900 jobs and financial companies added about 2,500.
The labor department's leader, Steve Grove, says Minnesota's employers are also contending with slow growth in the labor force and there can't be job gains without people to fill the positions.
- Unemployment inches up in February in Minnesota
- Unemployment rates down nationwide
- Many locations in north Iowa, southern Minnesota receive 1-2 inches of snow
- Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow on southern Minnesota
- More than 7 inches of rain close roads, cause flash flooding in SE Minnesota
- Flood images and drone video after 7 inches of rain fell in SE Minnesota
- 4 siblings removed from where Minnesota child died in February
- Applications for US unemployment benefits drop 13,000
- Iowa's unemployment rate steady at 2.9 percent
- IA/MN unemployment hits 18-year low