Economic Lookout: High demand, few jobs in western Minnesota

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Brent Olson | Ortonville

MinnEcon note: Brent Olson was one of the first voices in our original Economic Lookouts project. He’s a county commissioner and keeps a close eye on the economics of western Minnesota.

He helped us last summer examine job creation and the stimulus.

Today, he shares a story of high demand in Big Stone County for a single government job.

Based on the county jobless rate, Olson figures “nearly thirty percent of the people looking for a job applied for ONE job.”

Check out Olson’s report, then post your thoughts below.

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(Unemployment in Big Stone County (click on the chart for a larger view)


Source: MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development, seasonally unadjusted

Olson is a western Minnesota writer and Big Stone County commissioner



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