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State employers add 1,200 jobs


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent in October, the same rate as when the recession started in December 2007, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The unemployment rate was down 0.2 percent from September’s jobless rate of 5 percent, which was not calculated earlier because data was unavailable due to the 16-day partial federal government shutdown in October. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in September and 7.3 percent in October.

“Minnesota’s unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level in nearly six years, which highlights the continued strength of the labor market,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Not only does the state have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but we’re also adding jobs – an indicator of a growing economy on the right track.”

State employers cut 8,700 jobs in September and added 9,900 jobs in October for a net gain of 1,200 jobs over the two-month period. The state has added nearly 50,000 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 1.8 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent.

Education and health services led all sectors during the two-month period, adding 6,700 jobs. Other sectors with job gains during that period were manufacturing (up 5,300), information (up 600), construction (up 300), logging and mining (up 200), and government (up 200).

The following sectors lost jobs over the past two months: professional and business services (down 7,300), other services (down 3,500), financial activities (down 1,000), trade, transportation and utilities (down 200), and leisure and hospitality (down 100).

Nine of the state’s 11 industrial sectors have added jobs in the past year, led by education and health services (up 14,200). Other job gains occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (up 13,600), professional and business services (up 7,300), leisure and hospitality (up 6,200), construction (up 3,500), government (up 2,400), financial activities (up 2,100), information (up 900), and logging and mining (up 500).

Manufacturing lost 800 jobs in the past year, while other services lost 10 jobs.

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 2.4 percent), St. .....
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MnDOT urges motorists to drive carefully this Thanksgiving holiday

Tue, Nov 26th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Use 511 for trip planning, road information ST. PAUL, Minn. — As holiday travel season approaches, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use caution while driving across the state and to take advantage of the tools MnDO ..... 
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280,000 Minnesotans to see changes to health insurance thanks to MNsure

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL – Minnesotans who purchase their own private health insurance received some troubling news recently, as a WCCO radio report nearly 280,000 Minnesotans will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their c ..... 
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Minnesota fire departments receive training grants

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota fire departments will again receive funding to help keep firefighters’ skills sharp. The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) recently announced it will provide Minnesota’s 784 fire depart ..... 
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Highway 44 in Spring Grove opens to traffic

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled                                      ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 through downtown Spring Grove will open to traffic in the evening Friday, Nov. 22, according to the Minneso ..... 
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Planning for the start of the Winona Bridge project construction continues

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Planning is continuing to progress for the Winona Bridge project. The Environmental Assessment public comment period closed on Oct. 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT is preparing to request a ..... 
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Governor Dayton, MnDOT Announce 10 ‘Corridors of Commerce’ Projects

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Segment 1 of Highway 14 expansion east of Owatonna funded Rochester, Minn. – ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that ten highway construction projects will receive funding through ..... 
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I-90 traffic switch at Dresbach Bridge begins Nov. 14

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns on Interstate 90 on both sides the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, Nov. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Both directions of traffic were previous ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County suspended for the season

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Work on the Highway 26 resurfacing project between Highway 16 and the Iowa border has been suspended for the winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 26 had been reduced to a single-lane ..... 
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