Kanabec County’s unemployment rate rose to 9% last month, while Minnesota’s unemployment rate rose to 9.4%. 

Kanabec County’s lowest unemployment rate in the last year was 2.7% in September, 2019. The U.S. unemployment rate was as high as 13% this May. 

Data released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show Minnesota added 9,800 payroll jobs in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, up 0.4%, with the private sector adding 27,500 jobs, up 1.3%, during the month. 

Government lost 17,700 jobs from April to May.   

“Our economy is facing an unprecedented challenge, which these numbers reflect. Slight job increases this month are a positive sign, but the employment rebound will continue to vary greatly by sector,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. 

May’s employment numbers capture the job situation immediately prior to the lifting of the Stay at Home order and the phased reopening of non-Critical Sector businesses in the state. 

The rapid changes in employment due to the pandemic have proved difficult to measure using traditional methodologies. 

In Minnesota, the number of people unemployed increased by 35,770 to 302,741 in May while the number employed fell by 34,235 to 2,765,258.

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