ST. PAUL — Unemployment figures on the Iron Range continued to be mixed in August, with Virginia’s slightly up and those of Hibbing and Grand Rapids slightly down.
However, statewide figures supplied by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic
Development showed logging and mining jobs had declined by 300 for the month.
Seasonally unadjusted jobless rates at the three WorkForce Centers on the Range for August were:
• VIRGINIA: The Queen City posted a 7.3 percent rate, up from 7.1 percent in July. The two preceding months were at 7.4 percent in June and 6.8 percent in May. Of a workforce of 4,515 people, 4,187 were employed and 328 were jobless.
• HIBBING: The city’s rate was at 7.3 percent, down from 7.9 percent in July. Other figures were 7.5 percent jobless in June, and 6.0 percent in May. Of a workforce of 8,481 people, 7,863 were employed and 618 were jobless.
• GRAND RAPIDS: The city’s rate was at 8.6 percent, down from 8.7 percent in July. The rate in June was 9.0 percent and in May, was 8.4 percent. Of a workforce of 5,957 people, 5,446 were employed and 511 were jobless.
• ST. LOUIS COUNTY: The county’s jobless rate was at 6.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent in July, and 6.9 percent in June. May’s rate was at 6.3 percent. Of a workforce of 103,163 persons, 96,233 persons were employed and 6,930 were jobless. The Minnesota jobless rate was at 5.6 percent (seasonally adjusted, 5.9 percent), down from 5.9 percent in July, 5.8 percent in June and up from 5.3 percent in May.
The national unemployment rate in August was at 8.2 percent (seasonally adjusted 8.1 percent), down from 8.6 percent in July, 8.4 percent in June and up from 7.9 percent in May.
According to the DEED website, 2,000 state employer jobs were cut in August, while a total of 24,500 jobs have been added in the past year.
DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips said in a statement that job growth in the state was still struggling, despite some gains. “The long-term trend remains positive, however, with the majority of business sectors reporting job growth over the past year,” he said.
Economic sectors in Minnesota adding workers in August included government, up 5,400 jobs; education and health services, up 1,900; information, up 900; and leisure and hospitality, up 300.
State economic sectors posting losses for the month were: Trade, transportation and utilities, down 3,400 jobs; manufacturing, down 2,700; construction, down 1,300; financial activities, down 1,100; other services, down 1,100; professional and business services, down 600; and logging and mining, down 300 jobs.