More than 3 million Minnesotans worked in October, the highest total ever recorded

Minnesota has continued to outpace national job growth


November 17, 2023

David Joles, Star Tribune file

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hosted a hiring event just weeks before the pandemic shut down the economy in 2020.

Minnesota hit a record number of workers in October, with more than 3 million on the job last month.

While unemployment ticked up and the labor force shrunk slightly last month, Minnesota continued to outpace national job growth, which has begun to cool after months of resilience.

After declining at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Minnesota jobs had hovered around 2.5 million or higher since August 2022. The record-setting October number indicates strong economic growth, said Angelina Nguyễn, labor market information office director at the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).


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