I listened to and read the coverage yesterday of Minnesota’s unemployment rate and the math made no sense to me.
Minnesota employers shed 9,500 jobs in April, which is about half as many jobs as the state lost in March, MPR reported. “Minnesota employers shed fewer jobs in April than in the prior month,” the Business Journal said. “Fewer Minnesota Jobs Cut,” the Fox9 News headline said.
According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, there are 13,389 more people with jobs in April, than had them in May. The number of officially unemployed dropped by 3,781 people.
True, there’s no putting lipstick on this pig. It’s the worst job market since 1984.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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