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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 4/17/20

Labor market

Duluth News TribuneHere are the top 10 occupations in Minnesota hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic

KSTPCreating jobs during COVID-19 pandemic in smaller Minnesota communities

Grand Rapids Herald ReviewMN issues first $600 CARES Act payments

Star TribuneBig banks take heat over SBA loan program response: ‘They are trying to take advantage of the situation’

Inforum: Minnesotans among first to see federal increase to jobless benefits

Valley News LiveAs new unemployment benefits roll out, some of the self-employed in ND and MN say they’re feeling left out

Business North: Fifteen percent of Northeast Minnesota workers recently file for unemployment insurance

KSTPAs layoffs in Minnesota rise, some industries continue to add staff during the pandemic

Minn PostSelf-employed and contract workers are now eligible for unemployment benefits in Minnesota. Here’s what you need to know

KIMT3: Unemployment claims in Minnesota over past month double the total from 2019

The GlobeCOVID-19 leads to thousands of lost jobs in area

St. Cloud TimesCoronavirus in Minnesota: When will unemployment funds run out?

Economic growth

WCCOCoronavirus In Minnesota: Lawn Workers Amped To Be Able To Return To Work

Fox 9Economists and epidemiologists work to find a balance amid pandemic

Brainerd DispatchSome local businesses remain open under vague guidelines of closure order

KNSI: Walz: Restarting Minnesota economy requires jump in testing

Kare 11Walz says testing is key to reopening economy

MPR NewsApril 13 update on COVID-19 in MN: Walz ties reopening economy to massive jump in testing

Brainerd DispatchIron mining facilities idled in northeastern Minnesota amid pandemic slowdown

Star TribuneA trickle of SBA funds starts to flow to Minnesota small businesses

Star TribuneMinnesota businesses push for exemptions in stay-at-home order

Rochester Post Bulletin: Mayo says it has capacity to deliver testing needed to reopen the economy

WJON: State Leaders In Planning Process for Reopening Economy

Lakeland PBSWalz Creating Working Group to Re-open the Economy When Coronavirus Passes

WCCOMN Senate Republicans Announce Website To Share Ideas On Reopening Minnesota’s Economy

KIMT3: Mayo Clinic’s impact on reopening the Minnesota economy

KTOEWalz: COVID-19 testing will be part of reopening Minnesota’s economy

WCCOMinnesota Chamber of Commerce working on plan to reopen state’s economy

KTTC: Minnesota partners with 6 other states to coordinate reopening economy

KVRRMinnesota Joins Midwestern Partnership to Reopen Regional Economy

Fox 9: Minnesota joins Midwestern pact on when to reopen the regional economy

WCCOState Representatives With Medical Experience Weigh In On Re-Opening Economy

Economic development

Hibbing Daily TribuneIron ships sail into economic storm

Brainerd DispatchExperts encourage small businesses to pursue CARES Act resources

State and local taxes and spending

International Falls Journal: Grace period on sales, use tax payments

Owatonna People’s PressSteele County weighing its options on property tax relief

Star TribuneNothing would help Minnesota more than a robust bonding bill

Bloomberg TaxMinnesota Health Care Providers Granted Tax Relief

Austin Daily HeraldCommissioners approve resolution to push back county property tax penalties

Grand Forks HeraldEast Grand Forks mayor pessimistic about sales tax’s chances in St. Paul; survey indicates general support

Star TribuneHennepin County approves two-month reprieve in property tax deadline

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

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