ST. PAUL — The demand for workers in Minnesota remains high as the state added 7,400 jobs in October.
The increase kept the state’s unemployment rate steady at 3.2% from the month before, according to the latest statistics released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The seasonally adjusted rate remains below the national level of 3.6% for the month.
Minnesota employers reported 146,513 open positions in the most recent job vacancies survey — the highest number since the survey began in 2001.
The DEED report is rosier than the previous month when the agency revised August’s 1,100-job gain down to 400 and said Minnesota added 100 jobs in September. Thursday’s report revised the September job gains upward to 1,600.
The news wasn’t as good across the state. While the Rochester area added 1,268 jobs in October, the Twin Cities metro lost 908. The Duluth area gained 1,080 workers.