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Minnesota Adds Jobs While Unemployment Rate Barely Budges

Minnesota’s employment rolls grew by 7,400 last month but the unemployment rate barely budged. The Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was at 3.7 percent, which has been fairly steady since last August and remains well below the national average.

05/21/2015

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Minnesota Unemployment Rate Stays At 3.7 Percent But Jobs Up

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is stuck at 3.7 percent for the eighth straight month.

04/16/2015

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Local Business People Weigh In On Future Of Jobs For Minnesota Millennials

More millennials are calling the Twin Cities home. Minneapolis, St. Paul and select surrounding suburbs have seen population increases by this generation of more than 10 percent since 2007.

02/05/2015

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State Gives Out $20M In Broadband Internet Grants

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Katie Sieben, commissioner of Minnesota’s economic development department, held a teleconference Monday to talk about the state’s new broadband Internet expansion program.

02/02/2015

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17 Broadband Projects To Get Boost From Minnesota Grants

The first state grants in a new broadband Internet expansion program will bolster 17 projects in Minnesota.

02/02/2015

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Officials: Unemployment Is The Lowest It’s Been Since May 2001

State officials say Minnesota employers added more than 6,000 jobs last month and that the state’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been in more than a decade.

12/18/2014

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Minnesota Exports Record $5.5B In Third Quarter

State officials say Minnesota exports have jumped nearly 6 percent in the last year. Minnesota exported a record $5.5 billion of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the third quarter of 2014, the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Wednesday. That’s up 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

12/17/2014

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Minnesota’s Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

The latest snapshot of Minnesota’s workforce is being released. State officials were expected to publish monthly employment statistics Thursday for October, including how many Minnesotans don’t have jobs.

11/20/2014

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Vascular Solutions Subsidy Scrapped

Minnesota’s economic development agency has withdrawn a hefty subsidy offer to a medical-device company after the firm and its leader were hit with criminal charges.

11/19/2014

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2 Views Of State Economy Shade Governor Race

As Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton makes the case for a second term, a major theme he’s pressed is that the state economy has outperformed most of the Upper Midwest on his watch. How voters view the economy will go a long way in determining how Dayton, a Democrat, fares in November. Republicans concede things have turned around but they say the recovery has been far from robust. There’s no shortage of ways to measure the economy, and each side will spend the next 10 weeks debating whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

08/23/2014

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Minnesota Sheds Jobs; July Unemployment At 4.5%

A new rundown on unemployment is coming from the agency that keeps tabs on Minnesota’s job figures. The Department of Employment and Economic Development planned to provide statistics Thursday covering July.

08/14/2014

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Minnesota Unemployment Hits Lowest Level Since 2007

New figures related to Minnesota’s employment rate are being released. The state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development planned Thursday to provide the unemployment rate for June. They’ll also say whether more jobs were gained or lost.

07/17/2014

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Minnesota Jobless Rate At Lowest Level In 7 Years

Minnesota has registered its lowest unemployment rate in seven years after May’s figure was pegged at 4.6 percent. The Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday that 10,300 jobs were gained last month, help pushing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down a notch.

06/19/2014

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Minnesota Unemployment Rate Ticks Up In Feb.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate has climbed slightly to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent, with employers cutting 100 jobs. The rate for February was one-tenth of a point higher than January’s figure.

03/27/2014

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If You’re Out Of Work, Here’s A Way To Make Yourself More Marketable

It can happen to any of us. Without much warning, you find yourself out of a job. Angela Davis spent some time looking into the help that’s available.

02/12/2014

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Unemployment Steady At 4.6 Percent In Minnesota

Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in December, with employers adding 9,500 new jobs. The Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted rate remains well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

01/23/2014

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Minn. Launches New Job Creation Program

Businesses looking to expand their operations and hire new employees in Minnesota may not qualify for help from a new job creation fund. The program was announced Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton and Katie Clark Sieben, commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. “The $24 million Job Creation Fund is now open for business,” Katie Clark Sieben said. She says the “pay for performance” business development initiative will help create 5,000 jobs, and another $450 million of private investment into the economy.

01/10/2014

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Minn. Unemployment Rate Drops A Tick In November

Minnesota unemployment rate has fallen again, to 4.6 percent in November, as officials point to continuing signs of economic improvement. The Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted rate was two percentage points lower than the month before.

12/19/2013

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Minn. Official To Discuss 2 New Trade Offices

The sites of two new Minnesota trade offices are being formally announced. The Department of Employment and Economic Development planned to reveal the locations on Tuesday. Earlier this month, the agency posted advertisements in the State Register seeking contractors in Brazil and South Korea.

12/17/2013

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New Minn. Loan Fund Geared Toward Start-Up Firms

Minnesota officials announced a new loan fund Thursday that offers start-up businesses up to $250,000 in interest-free help. Gov. Mark Dayton and his top economic development official described the Angel Loan Fund, which was established using federal money but administered by state officials.

12/12/2013

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Minn. Eyes Brazil, South Korea For Trade Offices

Brazil and South Korea are the latest countries where Minnesota officials are preparing to open trade offices. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development on Monday advertised for contractors to help it open the offices in both places.

12/02/2013

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Minn. Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.8 Percent

Minnesota’s unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years as the state climbs further out of the deep hole caused by the Great Recession. The Department of Employment and Economic Development reports Thursday that October’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.

11/21/2013

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Apparently, You Get To Sesame Street Thanks To Minnesotans

Many consumers seek out American-made products, and now there’s an easy way to take it a step further and find goods and supplies produced by Minnesotans. It’s a new Made In Minnesota online directory from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

10/22/2013

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Minnesota Rebuilds Employment To Pre-Recession Level

Minnesota has rebuilt the employment level it saw prior to the last recession and then some. A report Thursday from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows 12,200 jobs were gained in August.

09/19/2013

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State Adds 4,300 Jobs; Unemployment Holds At 5.2 Percent

Minnesota added 4,300 jobs last month but the state’s unemployment rate stayed at 5.2 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

08/15/2013

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