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TwinWest Chamber of Commerce event connects leaders on talent & workforce issues

Minnesota’s workforce reality requires increased talent recruitment and retention to tackle a worker shortage expected to explode the number of unfilled technical positions from the current 60,000 to 239,000 by the end of 2022. Nearly 300 business leaders, educators, and community members gathered to share strategies and initiatives to meet the state’s short and long-term talent needs at the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Symposium on September 19....

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In 2017 American workers were more willing and able to quit their jobs for better pay. This bodes well for future pay increases

In 2017, an increased number of American workers quite their jobs to look for a better offer elsewhere. This reflects increased optimism about the economy from American workers and bodes well for future wage growth. There has been a lot of positive economic news recently and this is one more part of the picture. ...

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Fed: Economy “Remarkably Positive,” and Unprecedented in Modern History

The article below originally appeared in the Washington Post. - I know, I was as surprised as you are. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Tuesday that the U.S. economy appears to be in the midst of a “remarkably positive” period that is unprecedented in modern history. The Fed is predicting that unemployment will remain below 4 percent through 2020 and that inflation will stay low — around 2 percent — during that time. This has never happened in modern U.S. history. The last time unemployment was that low for several years, in the 1960s, it triggered high inflation, but the central...

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Minneapolis Property Taxes Skyrocket. This is Why We Can’t Have Grumpy Things

Grumpy's, a dive-bar staple in downtown Minneapolis, is closing for good today. The bar has been a mainstay on Washington Ave since it opened in 1999. But a lot has changed in the nearly 20 years since the bar opened. The owner of Grumpy's had this to say about the closure, according to an article in the Star Tribune: “There’s been a thousand paper cuts like a few hundred food trucks roaming downtown daily, property taxes being ten times what they were when we opened, a building in need of overwhelming repair, etc. etc. etc., and it is what it is. We’re...

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