Minnesota’s jobless rate inched up to 8.2 percent in February, state officials said this morning.
The rate’s now tracking lower than the 8.5 percent national rate. But it’s still painful — 23,200 jobs were cut in March with manufacturing leading the decline. We continue to see the highest unemployment rates for Minnesota in more than a quarter century.
The highest rate was 9 percent in November 1982. The lowest was 2.5 percent in April 1994. You can see all the data in a spreadsheet here.
Jobs and unemployment have been constant discussion topics with folks in our Public Insight Network. We’ve been asking people to share a story with us about their economies, and jobs has been the number one focus.
Check out some of the responses we’ve mapped below, then add your voice.