Minnesota unemployment rate hits 9.9 percent, highest ever recorded in state

Minnesota's unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in May, which is the highest rate ever recorded int he state.

State data shows 302,741 people were unemployed in May. 

The state's jobless rate has soared since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the rate was 2.9 percent. It hit 8.7 percent last month.

The 9.9 percent unemployment rate is the highest since at least 1976, which is how far back the state's data goes.

The Walz administration has slowly lifted restrictions on many businesses to operate at a limited capacity, allowing some people to go back to work this month. As of June 10, restaurants can be open for indoor and outdoor dining, retail stores can allow in-person shopping and churches, salons, barbershops, gyms and entertainment venues can welcome people back in.