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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 6.2 percent.

June figures have been revised downward by 3,600 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the state has gained 68,344 jobs, a 2.5 percent growth rate, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.9 percent during that period.

Every year, July has a drop in the number of jobs on a seasonally unadjusted basis. According to DEED officials, recent divergences due to seasonal adjustment lessen confidence that Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted estimates are accurately reflecting recent trends in job growth.

“July’s employment change appears disappointing, however, this is the smallest percentage decline in jobs for a July since 1999,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Minnesota’s economic indicators remain positive, and underlying employment data continue to look strong.”

The sectors that added jobs in July were trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,600), manufacturing (up 700), leisure and hospitality (up 600), and other services (up 200). Logging and mining, and professional and business services held steady.

The following sectors lost jobs in July: education and health services (down 5,300), information (down 1,000), construction (down 700), financial activities (down 200) and government (down 100).

The July employment losses in education and health services were the most on record, driven by job cuts in private education.

Over the past year, sectors that added jobs were government (up 21,513), professional and business services (up 11,667), manufacturing (up 9,505), education and health services (up 9,023), construction (up 8,260), trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,658), leisure and hospitality (up 4,456), and logging and mining (up 636).

Financial activities (down 1,152), other services (down 860) and information (down 362) lost jobs in the past year.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: St. Cloud MSA (up 2.8 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.6 percent), Mankato MSA (up 2.4 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.9 percent .....
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Houston prospects possible radium treatment plant

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

On August 11, the Houston City Council held a meeting in which the majority of the topics discussed had to do with the betterment and beautification on the city. One such item was a proposal to make an official archery range in South Park. The DNR h ..... 
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Fountain City Council locks brush dump

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Due to misuse, the city council of Fountain, Minn. has decided to lock the entrance to the town’s brush dump. During last week’s council meeting, which had been re-scheduled from August 7 to August 13, 2014, city maintenance worker John Hans ..... 
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Engagement - Kafut ~ Serfling

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Angela Marie Kafut of Preston, Minn. and Adam Zachery John Serfling also of Preston are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Angela is a graduate of St. Scholastica with a degree in Nursing and now works as a Registered Nurse at ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Ellie Dawn Highum

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Jess and Dawn Highum are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie Dawn Highum. Ellie was born in July 2014 in Casper, Wyo. She joins a brother, Talon. Ellie is the third grandchild for Tim and Val Kulhavy of Casper and the eighth grand ..... 
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2015 budget dominates county board agenda

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

It is that time of the year. The county commissioners at their August 12 meeting looked line by line at several departmental budgets searching for ways to trim them down. They only have two options to cut expenses or to increase revenue or a combina ..... 
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Recycling 101 8.18.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The majority of Fillmore County residents have the opportunity to make use of our roads and highways to get from one place to another. Their travels frequently allow them to observe wildflowers, cat tails, cardinals, butterflies, wild turkeys, bal ..... 
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Spande Estate

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Legals

STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF FILLMORE DISTRICT COURT THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION Court File No.: 23-PR-14-487 In Re: Estate of Donna J. Spande, formerly known as Donna J. Carlson, Decedent. NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL A ..... 
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