Regardless of the pace, it's better to be heading in the right direction than the wrong one, and recent Minnesota unemployment rates are encouraging.

According to KBJR-TV, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.2% in June, reaching its lowest point since May 2008, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

State employers added 400 jobs in June. A 2,500 increase in private sector hiring was offset by a 2,100 loss in government employment.