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Associated Press, Published September 16 2010

Minnesota jobless rate holds relatively stable

ST. PAUL (AP) — Officials say Minnesota's job market is holding relatively stable.

Figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show that the state's unemployment rate for August edged up slightly to 7 percent from July's revised figure of 6.9 percent. But the data also show that Minnesota employers added 600 jobs in August.

Commissioner Dan McElroy says the uptick in the jobless rate partly reflects more people resuming looking for work. He says job growth was led by the professional and business services sector, including temporary help, which is a leading economic indicator.

Minnesota's unemployment rate remains well below the national rate, which rose a tenth of a point to 9.6 percent in August.

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