Minnesota employers added 8,500 private-sector jobs in January and unemployment dropped a tenth of a point to 3.2 percent. State job analyst Oriane Casale :

“Our labor force participation rate held steady and our employment to population ratio went up. That means there is a little uptick in the number of people who are working compared to the number of people in the labor force.”

Minnesota experienced the strongest private-sector job growth in January that it’s seen in 20 months, tightening an already lean labor market.