Employment Commissioner: ‘MN Lacks Job Growth’

By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The latest report on job growth in the state of Minnesota shows lack thereof.

Dan McElroy, Commissioner of Economic Development and Employment, said employers cut 5,100 jobs in November. Minnesota’s job growth may be at a stand still but the state’s overall unemployment rate is still better than the national average.

“The unemployment rate stays the same at 7.1 percent, compared to the national rate of 9.8 percent.” McElroy said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Dave Lee Talks With Dan McElroy

During a meeting on Thursday, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton told reporters the government agreed to search for common ground on measures that encourage business growth and job creation.

McElroy said, “They expect Minnesota employers to add 50,000 jobs or more.”

  • dunnski57

    How can Minnesota be stuck with no job growth? Governor Pawlenty has given corporate Minnesota and all of the rich folks every tax break he can muster, so WHERE ARE THE JOBS GOVERNOR?? If taxing the rich is a job killer, then giving them carte-blanche should mean plenty of jobs.

  • Linda

    Did you come from another planet? The POS HC bill add enormous expenses to companies, the uncertainty regarding tax rates for next year, the uncertainty of cap and tax and card check credited a huge anti-business environment and when that happens companies DO NOT HIRE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RB

    The TRUE unemployment percent is MUCH higher than the reported 7.1% because it does NOT take into account all the individuals still without a job that no longer have any unemployment benefits. MN claims such a low percentage; thereby, ensuring that they do not have to follow any of the federal extensions. Along with this, a majority of the jobs posted online are ‘false leaders’ from Corporations wishing to make it look as though they are hiring and experiencing growth while simply putting all those tax breaks into thier pockets.

    • RIII

      People on welfare and recent collage graduates are also not being counted. With the uncertainty over the healthcare crap, higher unemployment insurance rates and ridicules workers comp rates in this state why would anyone hire?

      • Years

        I feel rely bad for the collage grad cause they are no jobs for them. Here we all send the kids through 12 years of school just to start, then another 4 to 8 more years through collage.

      • btw

        And btw I mean college lol R111

  • Lynn

    Are you just looking for excuses and justifications? Regardless we need to put our tax money where it will be the most beneficial for our people so they can feed their hungry kids.

  • dunnski57

    The CEO of Hormel made $5.6 million last year. His company apparently could do some hiring. The CEO of United Health made $105 million last year – his company apparently didn’t have any problem paying him. The Dow was at 8000 when Obama became President ans is at 11,300 or so today. Someone’s making some serious dough and it sure the heck ain’t me.

  • It May be That Simple

    I would like to see a major push to support and start more local small family business and farms. Everyone buy at local farmers markets and encourage your friends to plant a garden and start crafting. I think we can do better making things in America than the crap that is coming from China :p agree?

  • It's a Gift to Be Simple

    I would like to see a great push to support local communities by supporting and creating local family business and farms. Encourage everyone to plant gardens and making things to sell at local farmers markets. There!

  • bah

    Continuing the Bush tax cuts is supposed to increase hiring. Why s that going to happen now when it hasn’t been for the last two years?

  • Fascism

    Every aspect of life is an insurance liability in the State of Minnesota. You can’t even Fire a pothead without offering them help first.

    The law and insurance industry is chasing all our jobs to China with those stupid J.G. Wentworth TV ads.

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