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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. 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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Minn. Businesses To See Drop In Unemployment Tax

Minnesota businesses will see lower unemployment insurance taxes starting next year. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says Tuesday that the unemployment insurance trust fund’s $1.2 billion reserve at the end of September was enough to trigger a tax cut.

11/19/2013

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Reality Check: What’s It Really Like For Veterans In MN?

Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.

11/11/2013

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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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Jobless Rate In Minneapolis Lowest Among Large U.S. Cities

Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs. The unemployment rate in Minneapolis was 5.1 percent, the lowest among the large cities.

07/30/2013

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MN Unemployment Inches Down Again To 5.2 Percent

Minnesota’s unemployment rate continued its downward trend in June, inching a tenth of a percent lower than May. The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Thursday that the state’s jobless rate for June was 5.2 percent.

07/18/2013

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Minn. Agency To Release Details On State Economy

Minnesota state officials are getting ready to announce how the state’s economy performed in June. The Department of Employment and Economic Development is releasing the June unemployment rate Thursday morning. June’s numbers will follow an April and May in which the jobless rate stayed unchanged at 5.3 percent.

07/18/2013

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Minn. Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In May

Minnesota’s unemployment rate is unchanged in May compared to the previous month, as employers added 8,400 jobs. That’s according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development.

06/20/2013

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College Grads Facing Tough Job Market

College students graduating and entering the job market said it’s tough to find work right now. Katie Roehl graduated in May from the University of Minnesota with a degree in communications. “I’m really open to anything right now,” Roehl said.

06/12/2013

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Unemployment Rates Rise As Employers Add 175,000 Jobs

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a gain that shows employers are hiring at a still-modest but steady pace despite government spending cuts and higher taxes. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April.

06/07/2013

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Minnesota Loses 11,400 Jobs In April

Minnesota lost 11,400 jobs in April, and state officials are attributing part of the drop to the persistent wintry weather. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says the cold, snowy April slowed hiring in seasonally sensitive sectors including construction, leisure and hospitality, and local government. The biggest job losses were in trade, transportation and utilities.

05/16/2013

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Minnesota’s Jobless Rate Drops To 5.3 Percent; 11K+ Jobs Lost

Minnesota released its April unemployment report on Thursday and while the state’s jobless rate dropped to a seasonably adjusted 5.3 percent, employers eliminated more than 11,000 jobs last month.

05/16/2013

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Minn. House OKs Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut

A budget bill approved Wednesday in the House would temporarily chop the rates to produce savings to businesses of $346 million over the next two years. The tax is based on the wages paid at for-profit companies.

05/15/2013

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Unemployment Rates Released For MN’s Young Adults

A new report shows the unemployment rate for young adults in Minnesota is exceedingly high and is about twice the state overall average.

05/01/2013

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Minn. Job Growth Slows In March

Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March over the previous month, but state officials say that’s largely because more people stopped looking for work.

04/18/2013

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Minnesota Adds 14,500 Jobs In February

Minnesota is reporting another month of increased job postings, saying that February saw 14,500 total jobs added to the numbers.

03/21/2013

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Unemployment Rises In All 72 Wisconsin Counties

Unemployment rates increased in all 72 Wisconsin counties from December to January.

03/20/2013

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Tribes Plan For Worst With Looming Budget Cuts

When it comes to the automatic spending cuts that began taking effect this month, federal lawmakers spared programs that serve the nation’s most vulnerable — such as food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ assistance — from hard hits.

03/16/2013

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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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Do Tax Increases Kill Jobs? Minn. Soon To Find Out

Whether tax increases kill jobs is one of the longest running arguments in politics. It’s about to get tested in a big way in Minnesota.

02/13/2013

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Minnesota Jobless Rate Drops To Pre-Meltdown Level

Minnesota added 9,100 jobs in December, bringing unemployment rates in the state down to levels not seen since before the financial crisis of 2008.

01/17/2013

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Wal-Mart Says Its Hiring 100,000 Returning Veterans In Next 5 Years

Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years.

01/15/2013

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Latest Minn. Unemployment Rate: 5.7 Percent

Minnesota’s unemployment rate has dropped another notch to 5.7 percent. The Department of Employment and Economic Development officials released statistics Thursday while describing job gains and losses in various sectors for November.

12/20/2012

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