Minnesota's unemployment rate is trending in the right direction. It was 7.7% in July, down from 8.6% in June. According to Interim Director of the state's Labor Market Information Office Oriane Casale, while the progress is good, it is slowing down some.
"We are adding jobs back into the economy. We lost 360,000 jobs in April, so we have a long way to go. We did add back 32,500 jobs in July. That is a bit slower growth than in June when we added back 74,700 jobs. The growth continues but it's slowing a bit."
Casale says that gains are coming back in the sectors that were hit hardest by COVID-19. Notable gains were in the hospitality, local government, and health care sectors.
"A lot of the clinics and dental offices and such that were closed for quite a while and that employment is starting to come back as those clinics start up again and the jobs come back."
Another concern is whether companies will continue to have employees work from home, or perhaps downsize. Casale says she believes at some point, business will return to normal.