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State employers add 600 jobs in January


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota employers added 600 jobs in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency also released revised figures that show the state gained 12,661 more jobs than originally reported over the previous 21 months.

The upward revision put total employment in the state over 2.8 million in December for the first time in history.

The state unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the seasonally adjusted revised rate of 4.7 percent in December. The U.S. unemployment rate in January was 6.6 percent.

The sixth consecutive month of job gains in January brought total job growth in the state during the past year to 52,160, a growth rate of 1.9 percent compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.8 percent. Minnesota has regained 190,400 jobs since the low point of the recession and is 31,400 jobs above the state’s pre-recessionary peak.

“Even with January’s extremely cold weather, hardworking Minnesotans continued to generate jobs,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We’re particularly encouraged by the breadth of the labor market recovery, with all 11 of the state’s industrial sectors gaining jobs in the past year.”

Leisure and hospitality led all sectors in January with 3,000 new jobs. Other job gains occurred in manufacturing (up 2,000), education and health care (up 1,200), professional and business services (up 900) and other services (up 200). Logging and mining held steady.

Job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (down 3,200), financial activities (down 1,200), information (down 1,100), construction (down 900) and government (down 300).

Over the past year, education and health services led all sectors with 11,448 new jobs. Other job growth occurred in trade, transportation and utilities (up 10,245), construction (up 9,562), professional and business services (up 6,337), manufacturing (up 4,809), leisure and hospitality (up 3,597), other services (up 2,874), government (up 1,600), information (up 1,434), financial activities (up 201), and logging and mining (up 53).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job gains occurred in the past 12 months in the Mankato MSA (up 2.6 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 1.7 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 1.5 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.9 percent). Job .....
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St. Patrick’s Day weekend leads to more than 495 motorist arrests

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — Extra DWI patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend resulted in the arrest of 495 motorists for DWI, according to preliminary reports from Minnesota law enforcement agencies. As of 9 a.m. Monday, March 17there were 420 arrests, with an ad ..... 
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Governor Mark Dayton speaks out about budget forecast

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The latest state budget forecast is great news for Minnesota! For the first time in seven years, the forecast is predicting budget surpluses for our state’s current biennium and the next one. When I took office three years ago, the 2011 forecast p ..... 
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Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips when filing income taxes

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. – With the income tax filing season in full swing, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering helpful tips for taxpayers when filing their income taxes. The department encourages taxpayers to choose Direct Deposit, allowing for ..... 
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Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case

Thu, Mar 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penal ..... 
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Minnesota roads see 12 traffic fatalities in 10 day period

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – At least 12 people were killed on Minnesota roads since February 28, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). Since January 1, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more than this t ..... 
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Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year’s ..... 
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MNsure Completes Contact Center Representative Surge

Tue, Feb 25th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

100 total additional agents taking calls tomorrow; hold times reduced by more than 90% ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning February 26, 50 additional customer service representatives will join the MNsure Contact Center, bringing the total amount of ne ..... 
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Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” podcast

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minne ..... 
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