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Associated Press, Published June 17 2010

Minnesota jobless rate drops to 7 percent in May; 5,600 jobs added

ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped to a seasonally adjusted 7 percent in May, as 5,600 jobs were added. It's the second consecutive month of job gains in the state.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the May figures on Thursday.

The job gains for the month include 2,600 jobs in the private sector, as well as a net total of 3,000 jobs in the government sector. Those government jobs include temporary Census positions.

The job gains come off a strong April, which saw 10,500 new jobs and an adjusted unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.

Agency Commissioner Dan McElroy says the job growth is encouraging, and Minnesota is seeing signs that the economic recovery is progressing.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 9.7 percent.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.