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Minnesota's jobless rate is the lowest any state has ever had


Kavita Kumar | Star Tribune

Asher Tholl, an employee of Schmitty & Sons, steps off a bus he was cleaning at the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority in Eagan Monday. He is one of four students with disabilities that the firm hired this summer as it reached deeper into the labor pool at a time when Minnesota's unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest level recorded by any state.

Minnesota has not only moved up a spot in the rankings to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. At 1.8%, it also now officially has the lowest of any state ever.

"Just think about that," said Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). "We have the lowest unemployment rate that has ever existed in the United States of America since that number has been recorded."

That's largely a good thing for workers, giving them options and putting upward pressure on pay and benefits. It's also forcing employers to look deeper into the labor pool for workers.


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