Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 1/25/19

Labor market

Mankato Free PressHot hiring streak locally continued in December

KEYCMankato Job Numbers Lead State

KROC: Rochester area lost jobs in 2018

KDUZ: MN unemployment remains steady

KDALMinnesota Unemployment Steady In December

Brainerd DispatchMinnesota unemployment remains steady; 4 straight months at 2.8 percent

Wahepton Daily NewsWilkin County unemployment rate is dropping

Mankato Free PressBlue Earth County to start diverse jobs program

The Globe‘Record number’ of job openings recorded last year in region

State and local taxes

PatchMinnesota’s Property Tax Rate Among Highest In Nation

Mankato Free PressNorth Mankato to solidify sales tax spending policy

WatchdogBy the numbers: Minnesota on track to tax online sales

KBJR6Walz pushing for gas tax increase

Duluth News TribuneAn Economist’s View: More taxes from the rich won’t mean more tax revenues for the nation

Economic growth

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Chamber hears good news about 2019 economy

Economic development

Marshall IndependentLyon Co. learns about tourism impact, promotion in SW MN

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