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Local manufacturers opened their doors for Tour of Manufacturing Day in Detroit Lakes organized by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 6. Seven local businesses participated in the event in an effort to show off their facilities and maybe gain a few new employees as labor markets remain tight around the region.
A school district in southern Minnesota offers online, career-minded coursework for students statewide.
New job numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show seasonally-adjusted unemployment held at 1.8% in July, holding at an all-time low reached in June.
By the Echo Press Editorial Board
The governor shared the roadmap days after the state recorded the lowest unemployment rate of any state ever and months before he was expected to appear on the ballot for reelection. The broad-based proposal would boost spending to child care, health care, transportation infrastructure and other programs.
Experts say few labor trafficking cases have been prosecuted, making the scope of the problem hard to measure.

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Katie Colman's story is a high-profile reminder to employers and job candidates that a prospective employee’s medical history is their own business — unless they opt to share it. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits asking prospective employees anything about their medical history — or using health issues as a basis for not hiring them, said Joyce Walker-Jones, senior attorney and adviser at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
April’s unemployment rate was down from 2.5% in March, marking the seventh month the figure has decreased, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported Thursday, May 19.
More than 60 businesses gathered at the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, April 27 in an attempt to lure new employees at the Lakes Area Job Fair, hosted by the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program.

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