Statement from Governor Dayton on jobs report

Staff report

On Jan. 11 the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) released its latest monthly jobs report. The report noted that Minnesota’s statewide unemployment rate of 3.1 percent marks a 17-year low, down from 6.9 percent in January 2011. Also noted was that the 12-month average unemployment rate among black Minnesotans is the lowest ever recorded, at 7.5 percent, down from 23.5 percent in 2011.

The following is a statement from Gov. Mark Dayton:

“Minnesota’s economy has greatly improved over the last seven years, with our state’s employers adding nearly 297,700 new jobs since January 2011. I am also very pleased to see that deep employment disparities among African Americans in Minnesota are continuing to improve. Despite this progress, we have more work to do to ensure that all Minnesotans, in every community across our state, have better access to employment opportunities and growing wages.”

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