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U of M is employer with most job openings in Twin Cities

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends, Economics, Job-searching Updated: November 5, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Job aggregator Simply Hired, a firm that tracks job openings, has released its November Employment Outlook, and the Twin Cities has the 15th most job openings of any metro area in the country.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has about 60,000 openings, a 4.3 percent increase from September.

Here are the five employers with the most openings, according to Simply Hired:

1. University of Minnesota
2. Fairview Health Services
3. Target
4. 3M
5. U.S. Bank

Here are the top 10 metros in the country by population. They are also the ten with the most job openings:

Opening Belz, Nov. 5

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: November 5, 2014 - 12:22 PM

What all businesses should learn from Hollywood – Economist
ADP: Strong U.S. job numbers in October – Reuters
Republicans take control of U.S. Senate – NY Times
Business hopes for movement on immigration, taxes, trade, energy – WSJ
Bucking trend, Dayton easily wins second term as MN governor – StarTribune
Franken wins even more easily in Senate race – StarTribune
In Iowa, Ernst upends professional foot-shooter Braley – Des Moines Register
Close race in northeast Minnesota goes to Nolan-D over Mills-R – StarTribune
Charter schools tend to improve over time – NBER
Couple donates $50 million in art to St. Louis Art Museum – Post-Dispatch
Chinese gov’t plans crackdown on U.S. TV shows – LA Times
The end of the California dream – KCET

Some election front pages:

Washington Post: “45|3|52: A Republican wave” – Newseum
Des Moines Register: “History for Iowa” – Newseum
Detroit Free Press: “Snyder Repeats” – Newseum
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Walker defeats Burke” – Newseum
NY Post: “Stripped! Emperor has no clothes” – Newseum
Kansas City Star: “RED TUESDAY” – Newseum
Dallas Morning News: “Clean sweep” – Newseum

Opening Belz, Nov. 4

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: November 4, 2014 - 10:08 AM

No vacancy for rentals in Twin Cities, apartment boom booms on – StarTribune
U.S. exports post largest drop since February, trade gap widens – WSJ
Low oil prices send a chill through the oil patch – Associated Press
Target, Best Buy align with Apple Pay’s competition – StarTribune
Struggling Sprint lays off 2,000 more in Kansas City – KC Star
“Car Talk” brother Tom Pagliozzi died at 77 – NY Times
Lucas Museum rendering is a mountain on Lake Michigan – Chicago Tribune
How they used smell to make the Soap Factory even scarier – New Yorker
900 old arcade games offered for free on the Internet – C|Net
Rolls-Royce to cut 2,600 jobs, CFO gone – Financial Times
The future of manufacturing in Wisconsin? Cat toys – Journal-Sentinel
Terry Branstad could be the longest-serving governor in U.S. history – Register
Chilean mining firm to buy Duluth Metals for $85 million – News Tribune

Opening Belz, Nov. 3

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: November 3, 2014 - 12:53 PM

“The pain in trains falls mostly on grain” – WSJ
Goss: Midwest business conditions decline slightly – Des Moines Register
Amazon abandons profits, causes sleepless nights at Target – StarTribune
Fatal Virgin Galactic crash puts scrutiny on private space firms – LA Times
The view from Silicon Valley – Atlantic
In a twist, Medtronic inversion spurs charitable giving – StarTribune
“It’s not every day a headquarters building like this is built in Duluth” – News Tribune
FAA approved flight ban to block news choppers from Ferguson – AP
With prices low, big oil feels need to get smaller – WSJ

Opening Belz, Oct. 28

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: October 28, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Goldman: Oil could drop to $70 a barrel next year – Reuters
Gas at $3 carries more rewards than risks for now – WSJ
St. Louis airport gets copper roof, color to transform over years – Post-Dispatch
How the second-tier Japanese automakers keep on keeping on – Economist
Edina on pace for record year of teardowns – StarTribune
National Christmas tree to be cut this week near Walker, MN – Minnesota Brown
Enbridge files to replace problem pipeline in across northern MN – StarTribune
The shame of bad teeth in a rich world – Aeon
10,000 years after we started eating it, gluten became dangerous – New Yorker
By the book with Atul Gawande (what he’s reading) – NY Times
College students get 300-foot view of the wind energy industry – Prairie Business

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