Business notebook: Minnesota employers add 6,800 jobs in JulyThe Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday that 6,800 jobs were added by Minnesota employers in July.
By: Regan Carstensen, The Republican Eagle
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday that 6,800 jobs were added by Minnesota employers in July.
Job gains for the summer months have skyrocketed as June and July totaled 11,000 new jobs compared with a net gain of only 200 jobs from February to May.
“The state has added more than 30,000 private sector jobs in the past year,” DEED commissioner Mark Phillips said. “That growth along with increasing job vacancies and record high job postings online continue to point to sustained demand for labor in Minnesota.”
Leading all sectors for the largest increase in jobs was government, which added 3,100 new jobs in July. Other areas seeing significant job growth were trade, transportation and utilities (up 2,100), professional and business services (up 1,800), and manufacturing (up 1,700).
Leisure and hospitality saw the most job losses, totaling 3,200.
Also in DEED’s report was a .2 percent climb in Minnesota’s unemployment rate, putting it at 5.8 percent last month. Still, the number sits well below the United States unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.
• Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Lake City, Red Wing and Cannon Falls were recognized for high quality patient outcomes by Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, a health care purchaser-led pay for performance program.
Nineteen Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Minnesota received the honor Aug. 1.
“We are pleased to receive this recognition. Our employees work diligently with these patients to make sure their needs are met,” said Tom Witt, CEO of the three area locations. “High quality outcomes in these clinical areas reinforce our efforts and inspire our mission.”
• Danzinger Vineyards in Alma, Wis., won a Best of Show award at the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine Competition last week in St. Paul.
The wine earning the honor was Danzinger’s Midnight Voyage Dessert Red Wine, which was awarded best specialty/fortified wine. Danzinger Vineyards also captured two gold medals for its Sunset Ridge wine and Raspberry Table Wine.
Cannon River Winery in Cannon Falls also took home two gold medals. They were awarded for the winery’s St. Pepin and Sogn Blush varieties.
More than 325 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada were featured in the competition.
• AgStar recently launched AgStar Edge, a resource center that will offer education, development, growth and expertise to its clients.
Edge is offered in a variety of formats — conferences, seminars, webinars, workshops and more — and offers specific feedback about topics important to farmers.
“The Edge is an opportunity to share our industry expertise to help our clients succeed in this ever-evolving environment,” president and CEO of AgStar Financial Services Paul DeBriyn said.