ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — There’s a sobering prediction about Minnesota’s jobless rate if there’s a state government shutdown on July 1.

Hamline University professor David Schultz has analyzed the employment implications of a government shutdown.

He said if all 38,000 state employees who received notices are laid off, the state’s jobless rate would jump from 6.6 percent to 7.8 percent.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

If you add in private businesses affected by a shutdown:

“I could see us easily going from a 6.6 to over 8 percent unemployment rate almost instantaneously,” said Schultz. “The state’s economy grinds to a halt.”

Comments (28)
  1. scott says:

    Realy, it took a Hamline University professor to figure that out?

    1. Rico Suave says:

      And that was their smartest professor. Dayton better come to his senses soon or there will be mayhem, carnage, devastation, global warming, hypothermia, polar bears attacking babies, the elderly and the handicapped, starvation, children ripped from the arms of their parents, teachers sleeping under bridges, 12 year olds sold into prostitution, locusts, bull-weevils, ringworm, volcanoes, and I may even be inconvenienced.

      1. Jim says:

        Maybe it’s the legislature that should come to its senses. Or better yet, they both should.

    2. Kully says:

      no kidding….

  2. jerry springer says:

    michele bachman wants people to suffer

  3. Ronald Raygun says:

    GOP clearly wants this to happen. They really, truly believe that they have the people behind them. How delusional.

    1. Tom Willard says:


      1. Jim says:

        What a thoughtful reply, Tom Willard. You bring a lot to the discussion.

    2. Jim says:

      I think both sides would want this to happen if they thought it would benefit them politically. Both sides are being stubborn, and Minnesotans shouldn’t let either party off the hook. They’re screwing us.

  4. Eli says:

    Thank you MN GOP for spending over $20M to add gay marriage ban to the 2012 ballot in Minnesota. We asked for jobs and decent economy. What did we get? A constitutional ban on a minority’s civil rights? Are you all crazy at the Capitol? I hope it was worth it because we, the people of Minnesota, are looking forward to voting you, buffoons, out of your offices next year.

    1. Tom Willard says:

      A-Nother Moron…

      1. tomwillardsux says:


      2. Angry Mouse says:

        Tom Willard, you are obviously a completely uneducated troll. Shut your mouth. Current republican are religious zealots of the Taliban style, and you are apparently one of them. do us a favor and complete your transition to fully brain dead.

  5. My 2 cents says:

    The GOP needs to listen to the governor. Tax the top richest and make the tax revenue equal between everyone and stop the loopholes. Then tax everyone who lives in our state and quit giving tax exempt to all the immigrants and stop their handouts.

  6. Tom Willard says:

    Thank you Steve Murphy for figuring this out for us. YOU should be jobless.

    1. Jim says:

      Your opinion is important to us, Tom. Keep posting.

  7. Christine says:

    There will be more unemployed as a result of a governement shutdown than what the projected numbers are indicating. Many poor working class families depend on childcare assistance programs to maintain employment or college enrollment. It is looking like these programs will likely be cut, which would result in many of these family members losing their jobs. It is an interesting social dialouge that news and talk has centered around everyone else, but poor working families.

  8. bk says:

    Tom Bakk is always standing by Dayton to make sure their stooge is doing what he is supposed to do after they got him elected. This is by and large a union power play, and they are willing to throw 30,000 members under the bus to make a point. This is not Dayton’s decision to make….he is merely a union puppet. The only solution the dems can find is more tax revenue…there is no limit to how much tax should be assessed as long as they get to maintain the status quo. Any everyone of us, republicans and dems alike, get to pay the tab.

    1. Clyde says:

      Dayton would have union support because what else was their choice? Emmer? Dayton did not receive funds from them. Your comment lacks insight. Why would you wreck your own membership? Clueless right wingers.

  9. Ronald Raygun says:

    The GOP shutdown will cost more over time than any money they think they will “save”. Tom Willard is stupid.

  10. Steve says:

    The GOP is the reason for the shutdown and no matter how much spin the right tries to put on it…we Minnesotan’s know it…keep up the good fight GOV. Dayton!!!

  11. Robert says:

    It was Pawlentys fault cause he was gov but its not Daytons fault. Why this double standard. Either blame both govs or both houses.

  12. soapboxgod says:

    I don’t believe either side has the upper hand in the debate. The Democrats have no intention to make meaningful and necessary cuts. Even a reduction in the projected rate of growth gets demagogued to death and labeled a “cut”.

    On the flip side, Republicans who were given an opportunity and the power of the purse for the first time in decades in this state could only end up squandering it by leading with a Vikings stadium and following with another social issue.

  13. Kyle says:

    I can’t believe these doom and gloom reports by CCO and then in the same headlines talk about the New Guthrie which is 1/3 funded by the government. ‘The new, strikingly blue $125 million structure was designed by Jean Nouvel, and its three stages have already housed dozens of memorable productions to add to the Twin Cities’ rich theatrical legacy.” Maybe cutting funding on this type of funding is not as scarey.

    1. Harvey says:

      The building was built 5 years ago, get over it. The money they receive is a drop in the bucket to the state’s budget. It is likely more than covered from the sales taxes on the tickets and the restaurants, not to mention the income taxes from the actors and shows staged there.As a regional theater it brings people to Minneapolis that spend money. Out of town people spending money is a good thing

      1. Not says:

        So a new Vikings stadium is a good idea?

        1. Harvey says:

          No study has ever shown that a football stadium brings back the money they invested in it. The football stadium will cost 10 times what the Guthrie did, it will not have 10 times the revenue.

  14. CHESTER says:

    hARVEY you are one of those guys who wants funding for things you like but not for those you don’t want must be a rebublican as for receiving income tax from the actors I think that we receive more taxes from sport teams !

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