First up in "The Memo" is a look at state unemployment numbers from September.

Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6% in September, down from 7.4% in August.

However, the drop in unemployment isn't necessarily due to more people joining the workforce. The state says the decline was caused in part by a decrease in labor participation.

The state did add more jobs last month, with an additional 14,800 payroll jobs. This is an increase of 0.5% from August, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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DEED's monthly report also noted the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Statistical Area has lost more than 11,800 non-seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. This is a decrease of 8.6%, while statewide employment change has only decreased by 6.7%.

Liila Boutique

Duluth's Liila Boutique has finally cemented its home in the Lincoln Park Craft District.

News of its permanent location comes just as the business celebrates its one-year anniversary, according to a news release.

The women's clothing and accessories store first opened in the Duluth Folk School this time last year.

Owner Amanda Rolfe said they had plans to stay there temporarily. However, the pandemic disrupted her plans, and she remained in the Folk School longer.

We first reported on Liila last September, during which Rolfe shared that she hopes Liila addresses a gap in Duluth's clothing market.

It's not moving far. Liila is opening next door to Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace at the Duluth Press Building, 1915 W. Superior St. It's open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

"If we learned anything from 2020, it’s that not everything works out the way you planned, and sometimes that’s (OK)," Rolfe said in a statement.

OMC cookbook

Here's even more Lincoln Park news for you: OMC Smokehouse's cookbook is now available.

Co-authored by one of Duluth's Best Bread owners, the book was first launched at the pandemic's start to raise money for the neighborhood. The book includes a number of recipes that allow you to make OMC's food in your own home.

During an Indiegogo online fundraiser, the cookbook raised around $67,000 for the "Lifting Lincoln Park" campaign.

If you missed out on the fundraiser and don't yet have a copy, there are a number of stores where you can get your hands on the book.

OMC Smokehouse, Duluth's Best Bread, Ursa Minor, Frost River Trading Co., Duluth Grill, Corktown Deli, Zenith Bookstore, the Bookstore at Fitger's and Blue Heron Trading Co. will have $30 copies available for purchase.

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. She recently acquired a charcuterie cookbook — yes, it is a cheeseboard cookbook, and it was worth every dollar.