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Minneapolis and many school districts across the state are grappling with driver shortages that are causing scheduling problems for districts and students returning to school.
In terms of square footage, the center will tower over other well-publicized mega-projects — triple the size, for example, of the 855,000-square-foot Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shakopee.
Industry officials said hybrid work will transform offices, with companies considering whether to repurpose their extra real estate or downsize entirely as workers go remote for at least part of the week.
Leaders from several long-term care organizations in the state say care facilities are struggling to hire for some 23,000 open positions.

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said many factors are contributing to the worker shortage, including challenges in finding transportation and child care. And as the population ages, many people are retiring. Minnesota’s economic potential is being held back because of the labor shortage, Grove said.
In many situations, you may need to decide without all the facts.
Unemployment rate down slightly to 3.9%.
Marcus Construction of Willmar, Minnesota, is one of only 15 winners nationwide recognized for their commitment to go above and beyond in support of National Guard and Reserve employees and their families.
The airport decided to take a different approach to reminding travelers to report suspicious bags, mind the end of the moving walkways and wear face masks: They held open auditions for airport employees to be the next “Voices of MSP.”
The hospitality industry is struggling the most to rebuild employee numbers after the pandemic. Between increased unemployment benefits, lack of child care, fear of exposure to COVID-19 and lack of international student workers, employers can't get applicants for jobs they desperately need to fill as tourists come to the area.

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Jorge Lopez Villafuerte was from Utah and employed through a Wisconsin-based pipeline company.
A new labor market dashboard created by the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development allows everyone to dig into the pandemic jobs picture, based on state unemployment data.
Some employees, mostly lower-wage and minority workers in essential jobs, are calling lawyers to complain about the waivers.

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