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State gains 7,300 jobs in June... Overall unemployment rate steady at 3.8%


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 7,300 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Those gains, however, were largely offset by figures from May that were revised from 1,900 jobs lost to 8,400 jobs lost.

Over the past 12 months, the state has added 34,246 jobs, a gain of 1.2%. U.S. jobs were up 1.8% during that period.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 3.8% for the fourth consecutive month. The U.S. unemployment rate in June was 4.9%.

“Minnesota added 13,700 jobs through the first six months of the year, and signs point to continued growth in the labor market,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy.

Eight of the state’s 11 major industrial sectors gained jobs in June, led by leisure and hospitality with 2,600 new jobs. Others sectors that added jobs were education and health services (up 2,200), government (up 1,500), construction (up 1,300), other services (up 1,200), financial activities (up 700), information (up 500) and manufacturing (up 200).

The following industries lost jobs in June: trade, transportation and utilities (down 2,300), professional and business services (down 400), and logging and mining (down 200).

Over the past year, education and health services added 23,105 jobs. Other industries gaining jobs in the previous 12 months were leisure and hospitality (up 4,796), construction (up 4,684), financial activities (up 1,918), trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,571), professional and business services (up 1,328) and government (up 987).

Industries losing jobs in the past year were logging and mining (down 1,475), information (down 1,225), other services (down 1,174) and manufacturing (down 269).

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.6%), Rochester MSA (up 1.8%), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.9%) and Mankato MSA (up 2.4%). The Duluth-Superior MSA was down 0.2%.

DEED has added a section to its website that examines the unemployment rate by demographics (race, age and gender) and looks at alternative measures of unemployment. DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, intern .....
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A dangerous stretch

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Over the past 30 years, between mile marker 27.80 and 29.00, there have been 115 vehicles involved in a total of 88 accidents. This dangerous 1.2 mile stretch of road is known as Nelson Hill. Built upon a windy descent with blind spot bluffs and ..... 
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Area MnDOT projects

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Jeremy Miller As the snow melts and winter ends, spring has arrived (hopefully), and Minnesotans know that it’s the beginning of construction and road repair season. Below are some of the MnDOT projects going on in or near the district that yo ..... 
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Gas Buddy

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.97/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average th ..... 
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Soil fertility management in Southeast Minnesota

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fertilizers are widely used to manage soil fertility. Their application provides the nutrients required to maximize agronomic yields and maintain healthy urban landscapes. Their over application though can lead to significant environmental degradati ..... 
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Southeast Minnesota real estate market continued to strengthen in 2015

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN, January 28, 2016 – The real estate market in southeast Minnesota continued to strengthen throughout 2015, resulting in a residential housing market poised for significant growth. The results were announced by the Southeast Minnesota ..... 
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Gas Buddy - 9.14.15

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

September 8- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have fallen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that ha ..... 
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Job Creation Fund completes original funding round Program has generated 3,156 jobs, attracted $497 million in investments

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has allocated all $24 million that was approved in the 2013 legislative session for the Job Creation Fund. Since DEED launched the program in January 2014, a total of 46 compa ..... 
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SEMAC announces October 1 grant application deadline

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minn. through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for pro ..... 
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