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State adds 5,800 jobs in private sector in August


Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Minnesota added 28,400 jobs in August, largely related to laid-off state employees returning to work after the three-week government shutdown ended, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

"Job growth in the private sector continues to be a bright spot of the Minnesota economy," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "We have seen state manufacturers, construction companies and other private businesses add more than 42,000 jobs in the past four months."

Phillips also noted that initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits fell to 19,625 in August, the fewest in Minnesota in three years.

The return of government workers accounted for 22,600 of the job gains, while the private sector added 5,800 jobs during the month. The state unemployment rate remained unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent, although that number was skewed by the "smoothing" of data that understated the impact of thousands of state employees returning to work en masse.

Along with state government, other sectors that gained jobs during the month were trade, transportation and utilities (up 4,100), construction (up 2,200), education and health services (up 1,400), manufacturing (up 1,200), and professional and business services (up 700).

The construction industry has added 7,500 jobs in the past four months, the first gain in jobs during the summer construction season since before the housing crash in 2006.

Job losses occurred in Minnesota last month in leisure and hospitality (down 3,300), financial activities (down 200), other services (down 200) and information (down 100). Mining and logging was unchanged.

Over the past year, the following sectors have added jobs: trade, transportation and utilities (up 12,400), leisure and hospitality (up 12,400), education and health services (up 11,200), manufacturing (up 7,100), professional and business services (up 5,400), financial activities (up 500), and logging and mining (up 200).

Year-over-year job losses have occurred in government (down 2,600), information (down 1,200), other services (down 1,100) and construction (down 100).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains have occurred in the past year in the Mankato MSA (up 3.7 percent), Rochester MSA (up 2.7 percent), the Duluth-Superior MSA (up 2.3 percent) and the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.5 percent). The St. Cloud MSA was sta .....
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Government this week

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday,Sept. 19, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 19, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Sept. 19, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

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Harmony looks at garbage proposals

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council spent a lot of time sorting out prices and discussing proposals for garbage and recycling options. A few residents and business owners were present to voice their opinion or ask questions.

The city currently uses Wa ..... 
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Chatfield adopts preliminary levy for 2012

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

After additional reductions in the budget for 2012, the council adopted the 2012 budget and levy at their September 12 meeting. The tax levy for the city is set to increase 8.13 percent. The final levy can be lowered from this figure, but not increa ..... 
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Rushford Council sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

As the 2012 budget draws closer, the city has decided on a 4.7 percent levy increase, translating to $774,695. This is $34,695 more than in 2011.

Two options had been presented to the council by City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Option One, a ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council sets preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council moved right along in the agenda and acted on several issues.

The first is a donation of $15,055.15 from the Spring Valley Ambulance Association to purchase an AED for one of the ambulances. The very important p ..... 
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Preston sets preliminary levy

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy reflecting a small decrease for 2012 at their September 6 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that city staff made a number of adjustments and additional reductions which resulted in a ..... 
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County discusses elimination of market value credit

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt at the county board's September 6 meeting explained the new 2011 special session property tax law. The state currently operates under the Market Value Homestead Credit (MVHC) formula where local governments receive ..... 
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Lanesboro approves levy and sales tax

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the preliminary budget and levy for 2012 at their regular meeting on September 6. The levy was set at $435,306, the same amount as last year. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the MHVC (Market Value Homestea ..... 
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