Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped substantially in September, down to six-percent from 7.4 percent in August.   DEED Commissioner Steve Grove says the drop was caused in large part due to a dip in the state’s labor force participation rate:

“About 56-thousand workers no longer in the job search, that was in the job search before. So that was really the driving force of the decrease in our unemployment rate.”

Grove says it’s too soon to tell if this trend will hold steady. He says the numbers have been jumping around a lot. Overall between February and August, the state had only lost 10,000 people out of the labor force.