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Minnesota jobs report could be better

August 16, 2013

The Minnesota Jobs Report for July came out Thursday, and while the numbers look encouraging, they could be better....

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Aug-16-13 7:34 AM

Manufacturing will continue to struggle do long as our government continues to consider the Pacific free trade agreement. These free trade agreements, such as NAFTA and the new one with central America lower American manufacturing wages and benefits. They need to be ended.

5.2% unemployment in itself doesn't seem that bad, considering that some people lack the skills or the work ethic to be employable. Many of these people wouldn't be employed if the state did add many more jobs. I am more concerned about the level of underemployment, such as skilled adults working minimum wage retail and fast food jobs with zero benefits. These jobs are not providing for their future retirement needs, nor their health insurance needs, so they will often be supported by society at some point, if they aren't already. If we can grow our manufacturing base again, many of these people could go back to better jobs.

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