Job growth is on a roll in Minnesota, unemployment drops to lowest level since May 2001


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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Job growth is on a roll in Minnesota.

Figures from the Department of Employment and Economic Development show that Minnesota employers added 6,600 jobs in November.

Steve Hine, the department's labor market research director, says that helped lower Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 3.7 percent, well below the national rate of 5.8 percent and the lowest for Minnesota since May 2001.

But Hine says black unemployment jumped a full point to 11.2 percent, well over triple the rate for whites. He says Minnesota continues to be the worst state in the nation for the ratio of black-to-white employment.

Hine also says wages for private sector workers remain stagnant.

Leisure and hospitality saw the most job growth, while construction saw the biggest drop due to the sudden onset of winter.

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