Minnesota’s Labor Force Grows for Fifth Straight Month

17 Aug 2023


St. Paul –Minnesota's labor force increased by more than 3,900 people in July, the fifth month in a row of growth, bumping the state's labor force participation rate up one-tenth of a point to 68.5%, compared to 62.6% nationally.

Minnesota's labor force has grown by more than 26,000 over the last five months, helping the state recover many of the workers it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota's growing labor force is only 19,000 people smaller than in February 2020 when the participation rate was at 69.9%.

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