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nemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

State loses 5,200 jobs in April

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. rate was 9 percent in April.

The agency said jobs declined by 5,200 during the month, largely related to the loss of 5,700 positions in the construction sector. Part of the monthly decline was offset by a revision in the March employment figures, which improved from 2,800 jobs gained to 5,500 jobs gained.

"The loss of construction jobs followed two consecutive months of growth in that sector," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "Colder-than-normal temperatures in April might have been a factor, but next month's report will give us a better indication of whether that was the case."

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in April, gaining 3,100 jobs. Other job gains occurred in professional and business services (up 2,600), education and health services (up 500), and logging and mining (up 200). Financial activities held steady.

Along with construction, job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (down 2,800), other services (down 2,600), manufacturing (down 300), information (down 100) and government (down 100).

Over the past year, professional and business services led all sectors by gaining 8,300 jobs, followed by education and health services (up 7,900), manufacturing (up 5,000), logging and mining (up 400), and information (up 200).

Job losses occurred over the past year in construction (down 12,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 2,300), government (down 2,200), leisure and hospitality (down 1,200), financial activities (down 1,100) and other services (down 800).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Rochester MSA (up 0.3 percent), while the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA was flat. Job losses occurred in the Duluth-Superior MSA (down 0.7 percent), the Mankato MSA (down 0.4 percent) and the St. Cloud MSA (down 0.2 percent).

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 www.PositivelyMinnesota.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PositivelyMN. .....
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Mn/DOT to repair pavement cracks on nine highways in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews make pavement repairs on various highways in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties beginning Monday, May 16. Flaggers will control traffic dur ..... 
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3M Company Named Finalist for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ARLINGTON, Va. - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced 3M Company of St. Paul, Minnesota is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedo ..... 
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Airport Foundation MSP Announces Winners of the 2011 MSP Employee of the Year Award

Wed, May 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - This week, the Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000, along with the title "MSP Employee of the Year."
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BARDA supports first Project BioShield contract for smallpox drug

Mon, May 16th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) today announced a five-year, $433 million contract for late-stage development of an antiviral drug to treat individuals infected with smallpox. The contract with SIGA Technolo ..... 
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Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities Medical, Animal Behavior, Insurance Communities, Promote Dog Bite Prevention Week

Thu, May 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





HOUSTON - The Postal Service released statistics today highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010. Nationwide last year, 5,669 postal employees ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Health to announce Drinking Water Annual Report at new St. Peter Water Treatment Plant

Tue, May 3rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Event:

Press conference to announce Minnesota Department of Health drinking water annual report and results of monitoring from 2010.

Time/Location:

Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.

Broadway Avenue Water Treatment Plan ..... 
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State's largest walleye lakes test 'clean' for PFCs in fish

Mon, May 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Fish taken in 2010 from nine of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes had levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that were either very low or undetectable, suggesting those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals ..... 
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Highway 43 construction in Fillmore and Winona counties begins May 2

Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 43 between Rushford and Interstate 90 when crews begin resurfacing the road Monday, May 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Flaggers and a pilot c ..... 
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