The Minnesota Unemployment Rate edges up to 5.9% from 5.8% in July (Seasonally Adjusted). There were 2,000 jobs lost which brought the rate up .01% from July 2012 to August 2012. It is still well below the US unemployment rate of 8.1% in August.
Job losses occurred during the month in trade, transportation and utilities (down 3,400), 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).
The employment figures are shown in the graph below from postivelyminnesota.com