(St. Paul, MN)--Minnesota reportedly lost jobs and saw its unemployment rate rise slightly in December, ending a 14-month streak of growth. DEED says that Minnesota’s labor force grew slightly in the last month of 2022, the state lost jobs overall. The biggest decline was in the government sector, which lost 6,100 jobs mostly in local government.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate reportedly grew 0.2% to 2.5% in December, but remains below the national rate of 3.5%. Officials say that job gains were in trade, transportation and utilities, finance, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality.