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Employment makes solid gains in March


Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota employment rebounded with solid growth in March after a slow start to the year that might have been related to the state’s worst winter in three decades.

DEED announced today that Minnesota added 2,600 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent. The state jobless rate remains well below the U.S. rate of 6.7 percent. And while the country as a whole still hasn’t recovered all the jobs that disappeared in the recession, Minnesota is now 33,000 jobs above what the state lost in the downturn.

Another milestone this month: The state labor force crossed the 3 million mark for the first time in history.

“This month’s data raises expectations that we were the victims of the Polar Vortex and that we’ll be back on a more robust trajectory as we enter the spring and summer months,” said Steve Hine, who heads DEED’s Labor Market Information Office.

Construction remains one of the bright spots of the state labor market. The sector has added nearly 9,200 jobs in the past year, posting an impressive11.1 percent growth rate that dwarfs the national growth rate in that industry of 2.9 percent.

Here are some other highlights from today’s report:

•Manufacturing added jobs for the sixth consecutive month in March. The sector has grown by nearly 6,200 jobs in the past year and is expanding at nearly triple the national pace.

•The state’s labor force participation rate continues to climb, growing 0.1 percent in March to 70.6 percent.

•Ten of the state’s 11 major industrial sectors have more jobs than a year ago. The only sector that hasn’t added jobs in the past year is financial activities, which is down about 640 positions.

You can read more details about March employment on the DEED website.

MNsure selects Deloitte to oversee project management

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a competitive Request for Proposals process and a thorough review period, MNsure has selected Deloitte Consulting, LLP (Deloitte) to provide key project management support for the state’s health insurance marketplace. ..... 
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April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

Mon, Apr 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

On April 23, the U.S. will celebrate its first annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD)! Created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie – directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, respectively – the canine-centric holiday aims ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - Motorcycles

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Did you know? Did you know, in Minnesota, that up to 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involve only the single vehicle? Motorcycle use is at an all-time high and the two primary factors involved when they crash are “driver inexperience” and “sp ..... 
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MnDOT seeks public input for statewide bicycle system plan

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public, local government officials and transportation supporters are invited to provide input for Minnesota’s statewide bicycle system plan at one of nine meetings statewide. •April 23 in St. Cloud – Whitney Senior Ce ..... 
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Dresbach bridge ramp, rest area closure began April 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The westbound Interstate 90 off-ramp to southbound Highway 61 and the Dresbach rest area closed on April 15 as the Dresbach Bridge construction continues. Motorists traveling I-90 west from La Crosse, Wis., to Minnesota will enc ..... 
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Dresbach rest area, ramp closure to begin April 15

Tue, Apr 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that the Dresbach Intestate 90 rest area and travel information center near La Crosse, Wis., will close for two years beginning on Tuesday, April 15. The closure of th ..... 
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MnDOT kicks off 2014 construction season

Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Note: Media in southeastern Minnesota can watch the video at MnDOT’s Rochester headquarters (2900 48th St. N.W.) and learn about all of the construction projects in southeastern Minnesota that are scheduled this summer. District Engineer Jeff Vlami ..... 
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State loses 100 jobs in February

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Employers cut 100 jobs in February, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The loss, combined with a revised gain of 800 jobs in January, brought total job g ..... 
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