The jobless rate rose primarily because of an influx of people starting to look for work. They outnumbered an increase in people reporting they were employed in February. But both components of the unemployment rate signal a stronger job market last month.
The University of Minnesota Women's Hockey Team (38-1-1) takes on Clarkson University (30 - 5 - 5) for the NCAA championship this afternoon in Hamden, Connecticut. Winning the Frozen Four would be historic for either team.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the state gained an additional 600 jobs in January. Minnesota's jobless rate that month was unchanged at 4.7 percent.
MNsure says it has reduced call center wait times and the number of pending applications for health insurance.
Twin Cities residents opposed to revised flight paths at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have won a victory in their attempt to block changes that would have concentrated noise over some homes in South Minneapolis and Edina.
Minnesota's jobless rate is more than two percentage points below the national rate of 6.7 percent.
MNsure's problems continue and the site was down for several hours Thursday.
In the wake of controversy over some staffing moves the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has publicly stated the members' support for Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota.
Minnesota's jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent in October. That is the first time the state's unemployment rate has been under 5 percent since February of 2008.
The site went live last Tuesday afternoon and had logged about 5,000 new user accounts by Friday evening, but it had a rocky start.
"August's employment numbers mark a major milestone in the recovery of Minnesota's economy," said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben.
The federal health care law divides health plans to be sold on health insurance exchanges such as MNsure into four categories, which named after metals: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.
Minnesota's employers added a net 4,300 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent.
Minnesota employers added 400 jobs in June. The state unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent from the previous month.
Minnesota's employers added 8,400 jobs in May, and the state's jobless rate held steady at 5.3 percent. And the tally for April improved a bit.