ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD)  —  Minnesota’s unemployment rate jumped to eight-point-one percent in April and the state shed 360-thousand payroll jobs due to COVID-19.

Oriane Casale (OR’-ee-ahn kuh-SAL’) with the Department of Employment and Economic Development indicates that number is probably too low because of the fast economic drop and other factors.

Casale won’t hazard a prediction on what May’s unemployment number might be “but what I will say is that we would anticipate our unemployment rate to be more in line with what we’re seeing nationally.”

The U-S jobless rate rose to 14-point-seven percent last month.