ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Minnesota crept up to 8.2 percent in March as the state's employers shed 23,200 jobs.
However, the state rate is below the 8.5 percent national rate and it's only up slightly from February's 8.1 percent rate.
The state Department of Employment and Economic Development released the figures Thursday.
The sectors with the biggest jobs losses in March were manufacturing (6,700), professional and business services (6,200) and construction (3,700).
Education and health services and government have seen gains over the past 12 months, but even those two sectors were down in March.
DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy says the recession is affecting nearly every state and sector in the economy, but there are signs of slight nationally.