UNDATED (LEARFIELD) – Hiring in Minnesota was basically flat in June, while the state still hit a new record low of 1.8-percent unemployment.

That is the lowest unemployment rate in the state since records started being kept in 1976 and is the second lowest in the nation.

“For one thing, there is a precedent for states to diverge from the national trend,” sad Oriane Casale state job analyst. “Secondly, even a slowing in hiring at this time is not going to likely going to create a dramatic spike in the unemployment rate.”

Casale says the unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percent from May to June.  The U-S unemployment rate held steady at 3.6-percent last month.