Minn. holiday hiring spike is largest in 10 years

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2012 - 1:41 PM

State employers added 10,800 positions in November. Consumer spending for holiday season largely credited.

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windigolakeDec. 21, 12 7:02 AM

Good news for America. Bad news for the GOP.

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mn2niceDec. 21, 12 8:12 AM

I'll believe it when I see it. At this late date, with the Republicans in Congress deciding to head home for the holidays, the fiscal cliff is all but a done deal. I hope they are happy. Because they will be held accountable.

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theagonybhoDec. 21, 12 8:14 AM

The hiring which is good news will end in 2 weeks when all those people are laid off, add that too weak spending and its a very average holiday season.

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skidoo4funDec. 21, 12 9:49 AM

Seasonal hiring low wages no benefits. Nothing to get excited about. No real jobs will be created until both parties get together and put together a viable.plan that business leaders have confidence in.

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jpcooperDec. 21, 1210:16 AM

adambelz, nice story, lots of data provided. Here is my question. 12 months ago Minnesota's unemployment rate was 5.7%. In your article you state that Minnesota's unemployment is now 5.7% but we added 55,000 jobs in 2012. 55,000 is 1.5-2% of the current labor market. With job growth like that our unemployment should be 3.9-4.3%. Since the math does not add up, what is causing the anomilies? Here is a description of the web site that details Mn's unemployment rate for the last 4 years. There are many data sources stating a 5.7% unemployment rate Dec 2011. ycharts.com/indicators/minnesota_unemployment_rate

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ciamanDec. 21, 12 8:15 PM

Yes it is nice that Minnesota is better than most of the nation. But as someone else said, the jobs are low paying jobs and hardly any benefits. And come 01/13 those jobs will disapear like Santa does. And people are not going to have more money to buy new cars or new $350 thousand homes. Big homes. Fancy homes. Little money. All of this does not add up.

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