The state’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.9 percent in December. What does this mean? Ignoring the fact there are second and third shifts, a Minnesotan lost a job every 48 seconds in December, based on a 40-hour week. Not everyone is in desperate straits: Health care and education added jobs. “Information” added a few, but not many. Everyone else tanked. Jobs increased in Rochester, Fargo-Moorhead, and Grand Forks region, but they were more than offset by big losses in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and St. Cloud. According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, 2,720,400 people in Minnesota had jobs in December. According to Census estimates, there are about 3 million Minnesotans over the age of 18 and under the age of 65. The number of jobs shed in December was five times the number shed in the same month a year earlier.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts where he was VP of programming for Berkshire Broadcasting Co. He was an editor at the RKO Radio Network in New York, and WHDH Radio in Boston. He is the founder of the MPR News’ website. He is a private pilot and flies an airplane he built.