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Minnesota's payroll employment decreases by nearly 360,000 jobs

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All 50 states have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with seasonally adjusted payroll employment increases, but Minnesota was the hardest hit in Prairie Business magazine's three-state coverage area.

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.1% in April, according to numbers recently released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The number of unemployed Minnesotans increased by 160,627 to a total of 249,453 from March to April. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment decreased by 359,800 jobs in April, or 12.2% with the private sector down 334,700 jobs, or 13.3%, during the month.

“We were one of the first states in the nation to fully implement all three elements of the CARES Act to quickly get benefits out the door to as many people as possible,” DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said in a news release . “While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our state in many ways, we continue to work closely with our state agency partners and health, business and labor leaders to reopen Minnesota businesses, safely return more people to work, and stem the tide of COVID-19 on our economy.”

The employment numbers show the first full month of the pandemic's impact from mid-March when measures were first taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 through mid-April.


In North Dakota the unemployment rate declined by 9.7% (-42,500) in April and South Dakota by 8.2% (-36,000), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics .

While the nonfarm payroll employment decreased in all 50 states due to the pandemic, according to the bureau, the largest job declines occurred in California (-2,344,700), New York (-1,827,300), and Texas (-1,298,900). The largest percentage declines occurred in Michigan (-22.8%), Vermont (-19.6%), and New York (-18.8%).

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