Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 9/22/23

Economic growth

Star Tribune: Minnesota med-tech startups on pace to raise more than $1B again this year

Star Tribune: Minnesota factories, dealerships brace for trickle-down effects from UAW strike

Twin Cities Business: Report: Minnesota Faces a 168,000-Worker Gap

State and local taxes and spending

West Central Tribune: City of Willmar proposes 15% increase for the property tax levy

Rochester Post Bulletin: Rochester, Olmsted County prepare to set property tax levy caps for 2024

KSTP: Proposed St. Paul sales tax increase to be discussed at Monday night virtual forum

Rochester Post Bulletin: What happens if Rochester’s half-cent sales tax ends?

WCCO: Hennepin County approves 6.5% property tax levy increase for next year

Star Tribune: Hennepin County Board sets maximum levy hike at 6.5%

Star Tribune: Rochester council signs off on 9.4% maximum tax levy increase

Rochester Post Bulletin: Olmsted County caps potential 2024 tax levy at 5.2% increase

West Central Tribune: Willmar council OKs 15% hike in preliminary levy but aims to trim it

New Ulm Journal: New Ulm tax levy set at 5.78% increase

KIMT 3: Olmsted County sets preliminary tax levy

WJON: Becker sets preliminary tax levy

Minn Post: St. Paul is voting on a sales tax increase. How do this year’s City Council candidates feel about it?

WDIO: Possible rising property taxes with Duluth Public School referendum

Detroit Lakes Online: Becker County property tax levy set to go up nearly 6%

Hometown Focus: St. Louis County Board considers property tax levy for 2024

Economic development

Duluth News Tribune: Local View: Minnesota mining has no link to child labor in Africa

Duluth News Tribune: Local View: Economic developers are ‘lost in the jungle’ without support

Labor market

Axios: Report: Minnesota is in a 168,000-worker hole

Minnesota Reformer: Telework is here to stay in Minnesota, latest Census data show

WCCO: Minnesota gained 4,400 jobs in August, DEED’s job report shows

Star Tribune: Minnesota unemployment rate ticks up a bit as more people reboot job searches

Minnesota Reformer: Minnesota keeps adding jobs, but there aren’t enough workers to fill them all

Rochester Post Bulletin: Minnesota on a job growth run; Olmsted County’s unemployment rate hovers at 2.5%

KSTP: Data shows Minnesota added 4,400 jobs in August

KAAL: Minnesota marks half year of steady labor force growth

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Minnesota continued growing its workforce in August

KIMT: DEED says Minnesota has had six months of steady labor force growth

Mankato Free Press: Local job numbers shoot up 5.8% year over year in August

Voice of Alexandria: Minnesota gains 4,400 jobs last month, job market remains “tight” locally

Pioneer Press: Minnesota added 4,400 jobs in August; unemployment rate at 3.1%

Economic development

KTTC: Gov. Walz announces $23 million for economic development in small communities

Kare 11: Nearly $24 million in grants awarded to Greater Minnesota communities to help boost development

Lakeland PBS: Greater MN Cities Awarded Grants for Economic Development

PBS: Minnesota grapples with nickel mining impacts as EV manufacturing raises demand