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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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Company Dupes New Hires Into Selling Perfume On Streets

Online, they advertise management positions offering good pay. But people who’ve been hired told WCCO that’s not what they’re getting. Anna lives in the Twin Cities. She didn’t want us to use her last name. She says she’s still afraid after where her job search went months ago. “I just couldn’t believe what they were doing,” Anna said.

05/30/2013

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Minn. House Backs More Spending For Jobs

Minnesota House Democrats pushed ahead Monday on a big spending increase for state programs aimed at creating new jobs.

04/15/2013

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Minn. Unemployment Up In Jan., But Jobs Growing

Minnesota’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in January but state officials say the state has more than 12,000 new jobs compared to a year earlier.

03/05/2013

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