It's no secret that our workforce is one of our state's greatest assets. Minnesota is home to some of the best educated, hardest working people in the country. We have the numbers to back that up. As of October, the unemployment rate here was just 3.3 percent, well below the national average. When U.S. News named Minnesota the third best state to live in earlier this year, they cited our outstanding labor force participation. And last year employment in Minnesota grew at a faster rate than in any of our neighboring states.
After Peggy Hiestand-Harri's mom retired, she planned to spend her time like a lot of Minnesotans do — with her kids and grandkids. And also like a lot of Minnesotans in their golden years, she got by on a fixed income.