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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Minnesota’s labor force participation rate — measuring the amount of people working or actively seeking work — dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 68.2%.
With proposals to modernize the H-2A seasonal visa program, state labor unions, legal experts and a southern Minnesota local orchard speak to how federal and state labor regulations play out in Minnesota.
In June, Minnesota had the lowest state unemployment rate ever recorded in the U.S., and that means workers are harder than ever to find. Harder — but not impossible.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Minnesota fell to 1.8% for June, compared with a 3.6% jobless figure nationally.
May’s rate is the lowest rate reported since the state started tracking the metric in 1976, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Construction posted the strongest gains.
April’s unemployment rate was down from 2.5% in March, marking the seventh month the figure has decreased, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday, May 19.

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Gains by sector in March were in Mining and Logging (up 100 jobs), Construction (up 100), Manufacturing (up 2,300), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (up 2,000), Information (up 500), Financial Activities (up 1,800), Professional and Business Services (up 700), Educational and Health Services (up 900), Leisure and Hospitality (up 1,100), and Government (up 100); other Services lost 200 jobs, a 0.2% drop.
From the editorial: "For Minnesota workers, for the state’s tens of thousands of betrayed businesses and nonprofits, and so the state can stop throwing away $50,000 every single day, the unemployment-trust-fund issue needs to be promptly taken care of."
From the editorial: "'It feels like we bring a knife to a gunfight and that we have to have a bake sale every time we want to attend a marketing event'."

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