Minnesota is creating jobs, unemployment is falling, and the number of workers for every job opening is shrinking. That additional work has not yet turned the housing market around, but experts say the overall outlook for the state is strong.
Woman reported missing from Anoka County is found safe
An alert was issued Wednesday afternoon.
Gallery: Behind the scenes of new and improved Duluth Haunted Ship
A hull lot of horror.
Explosion reported near Hastings; man airlifted to hospital
Authorities say the victim has serious injuries.
School faces uncertain future after land sold to Catholic nonprofit
The school near Marine on St. Croix sits on land that's just been sold.
Boy suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in car-bike collision in Minneapolis
Police said the driver is cooperating with the investigation.
Ellison sues Fleet Farm, alleging 'illegal and negligent' gun sales to straw buyers
The lawsuit claims Fleet Farm harmed Minnesotans.
Man dies from gunshot wounds after Minneapolis shooting
The death marked the 69th homicide of the year in the city.
Gallery: Island cabin is one of northernmost homes for sale in MN
Want to buy one of the northernmost homes on the market in Minnesota?
Charges: Houston men robbed Edina bank of $110,000
A third suspect has not yet been identified.
Re-opening of Minneapolis' Third Avenue Bridge delayed to next year
More frustration for travelers.
Report sees modest growth in Minnesota economy; construction jobs rebounding
A new report by BMO Capital Markets paints a picture of Minnesota's economy as slowly but surely recovering. The unemployment rate of less than six percent is helped by fresh hiring in the construction industry and an easing of job cuts among government employees. Housing is still considered a weak spot, but at least prices are recovering and there are signs that more building is on the horizon.
Manpower: More workers will be hired than fired in Q3
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows more than 20 percent of Twin Cities employers are planning to add workers to their payrolls this summer. Less than five percent of Minnesota employers plan to cut staff in July, August or September. Finance & Commerce reports jobs prospects look especially strong in construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing and professional and business services.
Twin Cities mayors, business leaders bend ears at the White House
The Obama administration is meeting with business leaders from every state to discuss jobs and the economy. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says at their session "the Minnesotans weren't shy." General Mills, Cargill, and Surly Brewing were among the companies represented.
Federal Reserve Bank predicts Minnesota economy will grow nearly 3 percent in 2012
In its forecast for the new year the Fed says agriculture and mining look strong in Minnesota but the housing construction market remains sluggish.
Survey: farming helps economy grow in rural states
The economy remains strong in rural areas of 10 Midwest and Plains states because of the health of agricultural businesses there. The overall economic index on the new monthly Rural Mainstreet survey rose to 58.5 in May from April's already healthy 57.1. Any score above 50 on the index suggests growth in the months ahead.
Minnesota manufacturers struggling to find skilled workers
Nearly a third of the executives overseeing Minnesota's factories say finding skilled help is among their biggest worries, according to a report in the Pioneer Press. Many manufacturers are raising wages but still can't fill jobs because of poor perceptions of the industry and dwindling interest among young people.
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