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Nearly 65% of Willmar Public Schools students are receiving free lunches at school this year. Some of them receive them through a federal pilot program that automatically enrolls children who received Medical Assistance. In Willmar, all students receive a free breakfast. The district is eligible for some additional programs because of its high level of poverty.
Renville County stacks up well when measured against other public sector employers for compensation and benefits. The Board of Commissioners is asking if the traditional measures are enough in a tight labor market.
Minnesota’s labor force participation rate — measuring the amount of people working or actively seeking work — dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 68.2%.
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.
From the editorial: Employers should keep in mind that the time and cost of recruiting new employees has more downside than keeping their good workers.

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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.
In June, Minnesota had the lowest state unemployment rate ever recorded in the U.S., and that means workers are harder than ever to find. Harder — but not impossible.
Experts say few labor trafficking cases have been prosecuted, making the scope of the problem hard to measure.

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