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Unemployment rate falls to 6.7 percent


Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate declined to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The rate, which was 0.2 percent below December's revised 6.9 percent unemployment rate, was the lowest in Minnesota since December 2008. The U.S. unemployment rate was 9 percent in January.

Minnesota employers added 2,000 jobs during the month. Over the past year, the state has gained 16,500 jobs, for a growth rate of 0.6 percent. The U.S. growth rate during that period was 0.7 percent.

"The figures indicate a slow but steady improvement in the Minnesota labor market," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips." While the economy continues to face headwinds, we're seeing a number of positive signs, including growth in temp-help hiring, rising consumer confidence and declining initial claims for unemployment benefits."

Education and health services led all sectors, gaining 4,200 jobs in January. Other gains occurred in leisure and hospitality (up 1,800), other services (up 900), financial activities (up 700), logging and mining (up 500), professional and business services (up 400), construction (up 200), manufacturing (up 200) and information (up 100).

Job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (down 6,700) and government (down 300).

Over the past year, education and health services gained 10,200 jobs, followed by professional and business services (up 7,000), manufacturing (up 4,900), trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,300), logging and mining (up 800) and other services (up 700).

Job losses occurred in the past year in construction (down 4,300), leisure and hospitality (down 1,700), government (down 1,700), financial activities (down 1,300) and information (down 400).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the St. Cloud MSA (up 2.2 percent), Mankato MSA (up 2.2 percent), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.6 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.4 percent) and Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 0.3 percent).

This month's employment data also includes benchmarks results - an annual revision of employment data from the previous 21 months. The revisions indicate that the state lost 158,300 jobs during the recession, rather than the 162,200 jobs that were originally reported. But the recovery has been slower than originally reported, wi .....
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Health officials investigate case of measles in Hennepin County infant

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health and Hennepin County Medical Center in investigating a case of measles in an infant who lives in Minneapolis.

The child became ill in late Februar ..... 
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Multi-state investigation links E. coli O157:H7 cases to eating in-shell hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are working with counterparts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and federal agencies to investigate cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection associated with eating in-shell ha ..... 
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Nine killed in Minnesota traffic crashes in one week

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash reports, nine people died during the last seven days (February 17-23), making it the deadliest period on the road in 2011.

DPS officials say the tr ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. With one in six people facing hunger issues, a growing number of Minnesota households are ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act

Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a he ..... 
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HHS announces new resources to help states implement Affordable Care Act

Thu, Jan 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act - Health Insurance Exchanges.

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Natural Element Opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



MINNEAPOLIS-Natural Element has opened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) offering organic, recycled and sustainable clothing, footwear and accessories to the traveling public.

Located at Terminal 1, Natural Elemen ..... 
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Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; winter is best time to do it

Wed, Jan 5th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limit ..... 
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