■ State adds 4,300
Jobs in July
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 4,300 jobs in July, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
The state has gained 71,500 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 2.6 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state remained unchanged in July at 5.2 percent, well below the U.S. jobless rate of 7.4 percent. June’s figures were revised from 400 jobs gained to 1,000 jobs lost.
“On an annual basis, the Minnesota labor market is recovering at a pace we haven’t seen since the expansion of the 1990s,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben, in a news release. “We’re edging closer to pre-recessionary employment levels, needing to add just 5,500 jobs to regain all the jobs that were lost in the recession.”
Government led all sectors in July by gaining 4,000 jobs, followed by financial activities (up 2,300), leisure and hospitality (up 1,400), other services (up 1,300), information (up 1,100), and professional and business services (up 100). Logging and mining held steady.
Job losses occurred in education and health care (down 2,600), construction (down 1,700), manufacturing (down 1,400), and trade, transportation and utilities (down 200).
Ten of the state’s 11 major industrial sectors have gained jobs in the past year, led by professional and business services (up 16,200). Other gains have occurred in government (up 15,700), trade, transportation and utilities (up 13,000), leisure and hospitality (up 12,200), education and health services (up 9,900), construction (up 2,600), financial activities (up 2,400), information (up 1,300), logging and mining (up 500), and other services (up 400).
The only sector to lose jobs over the past year was manufacturing (down 2,500).In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job growth occurred in the past 12 months in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 3.7 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 3 percent), Mankato MSA (up 1.7 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.5 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.5 percent).
■ Local Junior Achievement volunteer earns top leadership award
Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest announced that Rachal Wolthuizen has been chosen from more than 187,000 U.S. volunteers to earn the organization’s award for volunteerism, the Bronze Leadership Award.
The purpose of the Bronze Leadership Award is to recognize Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers who have performed outstanding service at all levels within the organization. JA volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, volunteers help students make the connection between what they learn in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
“Rachal is a wonderful example of how one person can make such a huge difference in the lives of young people in our community,” said Gina Blayney, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Upper Midwest.
Rachal Wolthuizen is a Personal Banker—AVP at Bremer Bank in Baxter. She has been volunteering in JA classrooms for the past nine years, as well as serving on the local JA Board of Directors for three plus years. Wolthuizen was also awarded JAUM Middle School Volunteer of the Year.
“The local business community has been extremely supportive of Junior Achievement’s goal of inspiring local students to succeed in the global economy,” said JA Area President Blayney, in a news release. “And Rachal at Bremer Bank is a remarkable example of that spirit of generosity. In a very real way, she helps our region’s students develop financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship skills, contribute to the community and participate in the revitalization of the economy.”
Junior Achievement’s Bronze Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence. The award is presented in recognition of participation and leadership in supporting and expanding JA’s student impact, increasing resources and/or operational excellence and sustainability.
According to a recent survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA, 98 percent of JA volunteers are either extremely satisfied, very satisfied or satisfied with their volunteer experience at Junior Achievement.