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State adds 7,400 jobs in April Unemployment rate drops to 3.7%


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minn. employers added 7,400 jobs in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The agency said Minn. has gained 25,500 jobs in the past three months and 46,114 jobs over the past year. Jobs have increased 1.7% in the state in the past 12 months, compared with a 2.2% growth rate nationally during that period.

The state’s unemployment rate was 3.7% in April, down 0.1% from the revised unemployment rate of 3.8% in March. The U.S. unemployment rate in April was 5.4%.

The state’s labor force participation rate climbed to 70.7 percent in April, its highest level in 3-1/2 years.

Construction led all sectors in April with 6,600 new jobs. Other industries that added jobs were professional and business services (up 3,400), trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,200), manufacturing (up 900), logging and mining (up 400) and information (up 400).

Government lost 2,500 jobs in April, followed by education and health services (down 2,200), other services (down 700), leisure and hospitality (down 600), and information (down 500).

Over the past year, professional and business services led all sectors with 12,006 new jobs. Other sectors that have added jobs in the past 12 months are education and health services (up 10,692), leisure and hospitality (up 7,490), trade, transportation and utilities (up 7,018), manufacturing (up 5,891), construction (up 4,828), other services (up 706), and financial activities (up 403).

The following sectors lost jobs in the past 12 months: government (down 2,830), logging and mining (down 62), and information (down 28).

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.8%), Mankato MSA (up 0.7%), Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.7%), and Rochester MSA (up 0.6%). The St. Cloud MSA was statistically unchanged (0.0%).

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, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit us at http:// .....
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Commission on Judicial Selection recommends local candidates for Third Judicial District to Governor Dayton

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon t ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $127,909 in grants

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved seven grants totaling $127,909 to support early childhood and economic development projects within southern Minnesota. • $17,980 to Brown Nicollet Watonwan County Drug Court to pr ..... 
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State gains 7,800 jobs in March, unemployment rate at 3.7 percent for eighth straight month

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minn. employers add 7,800 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 50,829 jobs over the past ..... 
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Spring truck weight restrictions end April 22 for south, southeast, metro frost zones

Tue, Apr 21st, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

April 21, 2015 Contact: Rich Kemp 651-366-4279 Spring truck weight restrictions end April 22 for south, southeast, metro frost zones ST. PAUL, Minn. – Spring truck weight restrictions on state highways will end April 22 f ..... 
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State gains 11,800 jobs in February Jobless rate steady at 3.7 percent

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Minn. employers added 11,800 jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency also announced revised figures from Janua ..... 
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GasBuddy update 4.6.15

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

MARCH 30- Average retail gasoline prices in Minn. have risen 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.30/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minn. This compares with the national average that has in ..... 
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AgStar contributes $2,500 to Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

OWATONNA, MINN. - AgStar is providing $2,500 to support Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s (SMIF) general endowment fund. AgStar has been an annual supporter of SMIF since 2007. “AgStar has invested more than $185,000 in SMIF over the ..... 
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January unemployment rate steady at 3.7 Percent

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in January, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate in Janu ..... 
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