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From the column: "Internships are a viable pathway to lasting employment. However, they’re also a gray area, legally."
The governor shared the roadmap days after the state recorded the lowest unemployment rate of any state ever and months before he was expected to appear on the ballot for reelection. The broad-based proposal would boost spending to child care, health care, transportation infrastructure and other programs.
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.
Experts say few labor trafficking cases have been prosecuted, making the scope of the problem hard to measure.

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Yet, it is my recollection that, just a few weeks ago, many of those now failing to credit the president for these economic improvements were very ready — yes, even falling over each other — to castigate the president and his party for their failure to control gas prices and improve the job market.
Nonfarm payrolls rose 372,000 last month following a revised 384,000 in May, a Labor Department report showed Friday. The unemployment rate held at 3.6% as the pool of available workers shrank, and wage growth remained firm.
Despite the second straight weekly decline reported by the Labor Department on Thursday, claims are hovering near a five-month high. There have been job cuts in sectors like technology and housing amid fears of a recession as the Federal Reserve aggressively tightens monetary policy to quell price pressures.
Katie Colman's story is a high-profile reminder to employers and job candidates that a prospective employee’s medical history is their own business — unless they opt to share it. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits asking prospective employees anything about their medical history — or using health issues as a basis for not hiring them, said Joyce Walker-Jones, senior attorney and adviser at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
From the column: "We need to honor work in America and realize that our educational system needs to be aligned with the types of jobs necessary for a productive and competitive society — such as mechanics, nurses, electricians, and welders."
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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The funds will be used to boost participants' skills and provide them with the credentials they need for new careers.
As legislators work to raise pay rates for direct support staffers, the lives of people with disabilities are upended.
From the column: "If this is (DFL Chairman Ken Martin's) idea of the right track, I’d hate to see what the wrong track looks like."

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