Minnesota cut 11,400 jobs in April while the state unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a five-year low.
Figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) said the jobless rate is still below the U.S. rate of 7.5 percent.
DEED's figures report Minnesota has gained 24,400 jobs over the past year at a growth rate of 1 percent.
Job loss breakdown:
Trade, transportation, utilities: 5,700 Government: 2,000 Leisure and hospitality: 1,900 Manufacturing: 1,100 Other services: 900 Professional and business services: 500 Financial activities: 400 Construction: 100
Information and education/health care each gained 600 jobs in April, while logging and mining remained the same.
Job sector growth throughout the year:
Education/health services: 10,500 Professional and business services: 8,600 Trade, transportation, utilities: 6,800 Information: 2,200 Leisure and hospitality: 800 Financial activities: 600 Other services: 600 Logging and mining: 200