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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 1/19/17

Labor market

Star TribuneMinnesota is feeling the pinch from a record number of job openings

Twin Cities BusinessFor the First Time in a Decade, Average Wages in Minnesota Appear to be Increasing

WCCOWalmart Bumps Starting Pay To $11 An Hour, Expands Parental Benefits

Star TribuneMinimum-wage battle is far from settled in Twin Cities

Pioneer PressMinnesota job gains lead to lowest unemployment rate for blacks on record

KDUZ/KARPMN gains 8,900 jobs in December/Unemployment rate 3.1%

WCCOUnemployment Rate For Blacks In Minnesota Hit A Record Low Last Month

Finance & CommerceMinnesota construction jobs spike in December

Star TribuneMinnesota gained 8,900 jobs in December, led by construction

MPR NewsMinnesota unemployment at 17-year low

Mankato Free PressLocal job growth continues with 1.7% December jump

WDIOTwin Ports Lead Greater Minn. Job Growth

Lake County News ChronicleLegal Learning: $15 an hour not a big deal

See our commentary on this here.

Agriculture

Minn PostIs it even possible to become a farmer in Minnesota today?

Star TribuneBanker survey suggests economy remains slow in rural areas

Economic Development

St. Cloud TimesCommunity Pillars session to highlight safety, economy and jobs

Pine and Lakes Echo Journal: State denies broadband grant for Mille Lacs

Star Tribune: Gov. Mark Dayton wants $1.5B for Minnesota infrastructure projects

Kare 11: Dayton eyes $1.5b in public construction

Rochester Post Bulletin: Study: Mayo physicians add more than $5 billion to economy

The TimberjayHenry shares insights on tourism’s value

KIMT 3: Minnesota misses the cut for new Amazon HQ

Star TribuneTwin Cities don’t make the cut as Amazon narrows list of possible second HQ cities

KARE 11Analyst: HQ2 list further proof Amazon will buy Target

Minn PostTwin Cities fail to make finalist list for Amazon’s second headquarters

Finance & CommerceMinnesota among the Amazon also-rans

Hutchinson LeaderChamber beats drum: ‘Lower taxes needed’

Star TribunePoll: Jobs and the economy will dominate governor race

See our commentary on this here.

Enbridge 3

Mesabi Daily News: Yet another delay for critical Enbridge pipeline project

See our commentary on this here

Super Bowl LII

WCCOHow Would Vikings Being In Super Bowl LII Affect Local Economy?

Kare 11Economic impact if Vikings go to Super Bowl

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalCould a Vikings Super Bowl appearance actually be good for the local economy?

John Phelan is an economist at Center of the American Experiment. 

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