Department of Numbers

Minnesota Job Growth

There were 2,829,700 jobs in Minnesota in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,908,624 employed persons for the month. Minnesota added 12,300 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 8,910 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Minnesota job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,829,700 +12,300 +230,900
CPS 2,908,624 +8,910 +168,932

Minnesota Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Minnesota as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Minnesota

CES employment peaked in January 2020 for Minnesota at 2,997,200. Since then 167,500 jobs have been lost in Minnesota according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,580,000 in April 2020, Minnesota has gained 249,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Minnesota reached a maximum of 3,018,498 in December 2019. 109,874 jobs have been lost in Minnesota since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 2,739,692, Minnesota has added 168,932 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Minnesota Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 2,829,700 12,300 2,908,624 8,910
April 2021 2,817,400 13,400 2,899,714 3,267
March 2021 2,804,000 20,400 2,896,447 -1,176
February 2021 2,783,600 12,400 2,897,623 7,774
January 2021 2,771,200 51,600 2,889,849 -14,957
December 2020 2,719,600 -52,800 2,904,806 -646
November 2020 2,772,400 -12,900 2,905,452 -1,000
October 2020 2,785,300 21,500 2,906,452 498
September 2020 2,763,800 12,200 2,905,954 2,663
August 2020 2,751,600 33,500 2,903,291 4,302
July 2020 2,718,100 48,200 2,898,989 4,423
June 2020 2,669,900 71,100 2,894,566 154,874