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State adds 9,500 jobs in October “Unemployment rate drops to 3.9 percent”


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The October gains, combined with September figures that were revised upward by 2,800 jobs, brought job growth over the past year to 49,679 in Minnesota. The state has added 28,300 jobs over the past three months – the strongest three-month span on record (dating back to 1990).

The unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 percent, the state’s lowest unemployment rate since June 2006. The U.S. unemployment rate in October was 5.8 percent.

“The state’s pace of job growth has been impressive in the last three months, with employers adding more jobs than in any three-month period since 1990,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “These new jobs combined with falling unemployment claims have contributed to Minnesota’s recent recognition as one of the best states in the country for business growth.”

Trade, transportation and utilities led all sectors with 5,200 new jobs in October, followed by education and health services (up 4,500), manufacturing (up 2,300), other services (up 1,200), construction (up 900), and logging and mining (up 100).

The following sectors lost jobs during the month: leisure and hospitality (down 2,100), professional and business services (down 1,300), government (down 700), financial activities (down 400) and information (down 200).

Over the past year, professional and business services added 11,722 jobs, followed by manufacturing (up 10,451), education and health services (up 9,536), construction (up 6,877), leisure and hospitality (up 5,051), government (up 3,508), trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,788), other services (up 1,316), information (up 910), and logging and mining (up 616).

Financial activities (down 3,096) was the only sector that lost jobs in the past 12 months.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Mankato MSA (up 2.7 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.7 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.7 percent) and Rochester MSA (up 0.9 percent). The Duluth-Superior MSA was unchanged.

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GasBuddy update

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

GasBuddy Survey Says: 92% of Americans Traveling for Thanksgiving Plan to Drive; 71% Expect to Spend Less This Year Nov. 17, 2014 – When Americans hit the road this year for Thanksgiving family gatherings, 31% of us say we’ll be traveling over ..... 
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Highway 43 construction wraps up in Rushford for winter

Fri, Nov 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, MN – Construction work on Highway 43 through Rushford has wrapped up for the winter on the city-led project and will resume in spring for final completion work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists and re ..... 
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Open house set for Nov. 18 on Spring Valley Highway 63 concrete repair project

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an open house Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Spring Valley to learn about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2015 project on Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Spring Valley. The meeting i ..... 
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State adds 7,200 jobs in September Unemployment rate drops to 4.1 percent

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL , Minn. - Employers added 7,200 jobs in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The September gains, combined with August figures that w ..... 
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Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule Started October 15 Customers can seek protection under the Cold Weather Rule and apply for heating assistance

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN—As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourage Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to ke ..... 
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Minnesota Historical Society announces newest recipients of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro State of Minnesota

41 mid-size and large grants made possible by the Legacy Amendment are awarded to organizations in 23 counties throughout Minnesota for projects of enduring value ST. PAUL, Minn. –The Minnesota Historical Society announces the newest recipient ..... 
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Education Minnesota: New ratings show need for targeted services for high-poverty schools

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Education Minnesota President Denise Specht said Wednesday the new MMR ratings from the Minnesota Department of Education show the need for targeted interventions in high-needs schools, but also cautioned parents about the limits o ..... 
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DEED accepting applications for broadband grants

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – State officials are accepting applications for funding to expand broadband infrastructure in areas of Minnesota that don’t have adequate high-speed internet service. Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the $20 million Border ..... 
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