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State gains 11,300 jobs in July... Seasonally adjusted employment tops 2.9 million for first time


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

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 11,300 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Those figures, combined with revised data that showed the state gained 2,400 more jobs than originally reported in June, brought employment gains in the state to 44,034 over the past year, an increase of 1.5 percent. Jobs nationally climbed 1.7 percent over the past year.

The Minnesota unemployment rate rose 0.1% in July to a seasonally adjusted 3.9%. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9% in July.

“Last month’s job gains pushed seasonally adjusted employment in Minnesota above the 2.9 million mark for the first time in state history,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “The state has gained 21,000 jobs in the past two months alone, a strong indication that the economy is continuing to grow.”

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in July with 3,400 new jobs. Other industries gaining jobs were trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,100), other services (up 1,800), education and health care (up 1,700), government (up 700), professional and business services (up 700), construction (up 600), information (up 400) and financial activities (up 100). Logging and mining held steady.

Manufacturing was the only industry that lost jobs, down 200.

Over the past year, the following sectors gained jobs: education and health services (up 20,486), leisure and hospitality (up 10,999), trade, transportation and utilities (up 6,549), construction (up 6,050), financial activities (up 1,836), professional and business services (up 1,014) and manufacturing (up 559).

Four industries lost jobs in the past 12 months: logging and mining (down 1,580), information (down 1,525), government (down 185) and other services (down 169).

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.9%), Rochester MSA (up 2.9%), St. Cloud MSA (up 2.9%), Mankato MSA (up 1.7%) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.1%).

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.

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DEED Awards Grants for Contamination Assessment and Cleanup... Fifteen projects will create or retain 938 jobs

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

ST. PAUL– Redevelopment projects that will create or retain 938 jobs have been approved for investigation and cleanup funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). DEED awarded $5.8 million from its Contam ..... 
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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 fro ..... 
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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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