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Record Job Growth Continues across the Mankato – North Mankato MSA

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) released the Current Employment Statistics (CES) figures for the month of February today. The Mankato – North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a total of 56,157 jobs, up 1.4% from last February. This represents the best February on record eclipsing the 56,000 mark for the first time.

February 2016 job numbers mn

Private service providing jobs were the standout growth employment sector with a 3% gain, or 1,080 jobs. However, goods producing employment was down 2.8%, a loss of 269 jobs.

President & CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Jonathan Zierdt said “While the dip in goods producing jobs in unfortunate, it’s not unexpected. We have been hearing from manufacturers region-wide that they are starting to experience a softening in business that follow global trends in manufacturing. Greater Mankato is wisely comprised of a diverse business mix that tends to keep the overall economy healthy, which is reflected in the positive growth experienced in job growth this month.”

When it comes to judging the economic strength of a region relative to jobs, one of the best sources is CES data, which measures the number of paid employees in a particular region, excluding self-employment and farm jobs.       

For more CES data and graphics, visit greatermankato.com/current-employment-statistics-jobs-data.

Another measure of area employment is the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). LAUS is not as much an indicator of the strength of the business climate, because it measures the total number of people who live in a particular region who are employed, rather than the businesses in the region employing them. For more LAUS unemployment data, visit greatermankato.com/workforce-labor-statistics.                                                                                                  

About Greater Mankato Growth

Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is committed to advancing business for a stronger community. As the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving the regional marketplace, GMG exists to intentionally develop the regional center by promoting, supporting and serving as a catalyst for economic development through business growth, retention and attraction, talent growth retention and attraction, regional livability and advocacy of the marketplace. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. includes two affiliates: Visit Mankato, which focuses on visitor attraction and servicing, and the City Center Partnership, which focuses on development in the City Center.

About the Regional Economic Development Alliance

In 2009, the Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA) began with a progressive group of communities and counties joining together with Greater Mankato Growth in business attraction and development efforts. REDA participants include Eagle Lake, Lake Crystal, Le Sueur, Madison Lake, Mankato, North Mankato, Saint Peter, Blue Earth County and Nicollet County. By working together, the group is able to efficiently provide regional and individual city and county information to businesses interested in the Greater Mankato marketplace. As a result of promoting the individual strengths of each community, along with the combined assets of the regional marketplace, all experience collective success.


The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership