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State loses 4,200 jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 4.5 percent


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 4.5 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 6.2 percent.

June figures have been revised downward by 3,600 jobs. Over the past 12 months, the state has gained 68,344 jobs, a 2.5 percent growth rate, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.9 percent during that period.

Every year, July has a drop in the number of jobs on a seasonally unadjusted basis. According to DEED officials, recent divergences due to seasonal adjustment lessen confidence that Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted estimates are accurately reflecting recent trends in job growth.

“July’s employment change appears disappointing, however, this is the smallest percentage decline in jobs for a July since 1999,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Minnesota’s economic indicators remain positive, and underlying employment data continue to look strong.”

The sectors that added jobs in July were trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,600), manufacturing (up 700), leisure and hospitality (up 600), and other services (up 200). Logging and mining, and professional and business services held steady.

The following sectors lost jobs in July: education and health services (down 5,300), information (down 1,000), construction (down 700), financial activities (down 200) and government (down 100).

The July employment losses in education and health services were the most on record, driven by job cuts in private education.

Over the past year, sectors that added jobs were government (up 21,513), professional and business services (up 11,667), manufacturing (up 9,505), education and health services (up 9,023), construction (up 8,260), trade, transportation and utilities (up 5,658), leisure and hospitality (up 4,456), and logging and mining (up 636).

Financial activities (down 1,152), other services (down 860) and information (down 362) lost jobs in the past year.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: St. Cloud MSA (up 2.8 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.6 percent), Mankato MSA (up 2.4 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.9 percent .....
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Department of Revenue reminds homeowners and renters of upcoming property tax refund deadline

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners and renters that the due date to file for a 2013 property tax refund is Aug. 15, 2014. State law provides for a one-year grace period to claim these refunds, however, t ..... 
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MDA to offer free waste pesticide collections in southeast Minnesota counties

Thu, Aug 14th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a series of waste pesticide collections in four southeastern Minnesota counties from Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, 2014. Through these free collection eve ..... 
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Forest Resources Council requests Public Comment on Regional Forest Plan

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest Resources Council (MFRC) is requesting citizen review and comment on the draft Southeast Landscape Plan: A Regional Plan to Guide Sustainable Forest Management. The plan provides cross-ownership recommendations for long-term for ..... 
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Commerce Department Investigation Unearths Multiple Allegations against Criminal Coin Dealer

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – A Minnesota Department of Commerce investigation of Wholesale Assets Worldwide, LLC (WAW), a company engaged in coin and precious metal dealings, and Dennis Charles Helmer has been cited in an indictment by the United States Attorn ..... 
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After 6-Year Wait, Mankato Civic Center Expansion to Be Completed

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The expansion of the Mankato Civic Center has been six years in the making. And thanks to the 2014 Jobs Bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton last May, the project is finally on track to be comple ..... 
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Toledo Community Foundation’s First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund Awards Grant To Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

TOLEDO, OHIO, August 13, 2014 – The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund to RREAL in the amount of $15,000. These funds will be used to install a solar system for t ..... 
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MnDOT reminds motorists of work zone safety after two crashes near Rochester

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Two Minnesota Department of Transportation vehicles have been struck by motorists in the past week, including a crash that occurred in a work zone on Monday afternoon. The crashes serve as reminders to motorists of the importanc ..... 
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GNP Company CEO Michael Helgeson Announces Plans to Retire

Tue, Aug 12th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Cloud, Minn. (August 12, 2014) —www.GNPCompanyNews.com — GNP Company™, the Midwest’s leading producer of natural chicken under the Just BARE®, Gold’n Plump® and Sunny Roost® brand labels, announced today that Chief Executive Officer ..... 
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