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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 were revised upward by 2,700 jobs, bring calendar year gains to a seasonally adjusted 23,000 jobs statewide. Since hitting the recessionary low point five years ago in September, Minnesota has added 212,800 jobs.

The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.2 percent in September to 4.1 percent, the state’s lowest jobless rate in eight years. The U.S. unemployment rate in September was 5.9 percent.

“As of September, it has been exactly five years since Minnesota’s employment level hit the recessionary low,” said Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Since then, our state has added 212,800 jobs, enough to put us 53,800 jobs above our pre-recessionary peak. With 50 consecutive months of over-the-year job growth, Minnesota’s economy is showing signs of consistent, broad-based progress.”

Professional and business services led all sectors in September with 4,100 job gains. Other sectors that added jobs were leisure and hospitality (up 3,900), other services (up 1,300), education and health services (up 1,100), manufacturing (up 1,100), trade, transportation and utilities (up 300) and construction (up 200). Information held steady for the month.

Sectors with job losses were government (down 4,200), financial activities (down 400) and mining and logging (down 200).

Over the past year, professional and business services led all sectors with 11,161 new jobs, followed by manufacturing (up 10,376), education and health services (up 8,022), construction (up 6,996), leisure and hospitality (up 4,901), government (up 2,347), trade, transportation and utilities (up 1,007), information (up 851), other services (up 678), and logging and mining (up 541).

Financial activities lost 1,752 jobs over the past 12 months.

In the Metropolitan Statistical Areas, the following regions gained jobs in the past 12 months: Mankato MSA (up 3.4 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 2 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.7 percent), Rochester MSA (up 1.3 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 1 percent).

DEED has added a section to its website that examines the unemployment rate by demographics (race, age and gender) and looks a .....
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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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Community notification meeting in Rushford, Minn.

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

The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and Rushford Police Department are releasing information pursuant to Minnesota Statute 244.052 to the community, regarding a Level 3 predatory offender moving to the community of Rushford. This offender is not ..... 
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State Gains 6,100 Jobs in August

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 6,100 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The August gains, combined with July figures that were ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have not moved in the past week, averaging $3.34/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallo ..... 
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Child care town hall taking place in Preston Sept. 16

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ååMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - When we think about jobs and economic development, we don’t often think about child care. But that’s exactly what communities in Greater Minnesota have been thinking about when it comes to rural growth and revitalizatio ..... 
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