MN jobless rate inches up to 8.2 percent

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.

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