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Minnesota unemployment rate down

Plus: lieutenant governor leading delegation to Cuba; MnDOT launches human trafficking PSA campaign; Shakopee superintendent to resign over misuse of funds; and more.

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More good unemployment numbers. MPR reports: “Minnesota’s unemployment rate came in at a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent in May, a slight improvement from April, although employers eliminated 7,200 jobs, officials said Thursday. … May’s 3.7 percent rate, down from 3.8 percent in April, matched a post-great recession low point last seen in June 2015. Despite the one-month job loss, the state has added 48,068 jobs the past 12 months, a gain of 1.7 percent compared to a 1.5 percent national growth rate, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said.”

That lieutenant governor job ain’t all bad. MPR’s Brian Bakst reports: “A 14-person delegation headed by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will leave Minnesota for Cuba around sunrise on Monday and return around sunset Friday. … In that time, they’re set to look in on food growing operations at a Cuban cooperative and visit with the country’s agricultural and foreign ministries. They will also meet with U.S. officials stationed there and stop at an institute doing livestock sector research. … The trip has been in the works for five or six months inside the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Smith said.”

MnDOT has new PSA campaign on human trafficking. KSTP’s Rebecca Omastiak reports: “An image of a girl in a guarded van with the message ‘I can’t escape, they took my passport and I.D., help’ written on the back is part of a new effort by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to end human trafficking. … ‘The signs of modern day slavery aren’t this easy to see,’ the sign also states. … MnDOT will begin installing posters such as this in 41 rest areas statewide to teach people how to recognize signs of trafficking and to encourage them to report suspicious activity. In addition to guidelines on how to recognize signs of human trafficking, the posters include a hotline number.”

Yeah, you can’t do that. The Star Tribune’s Karen Zamora reports: “The superintendent of Shakopee Public Schools, who is under investigation for allegedly spending school district money on personal purchases, is expected to resign during Monday’s school board meeting, the district said Wednesday night.”

In other news…

Rep. Keith Ellison has an op-ed in the Star Tribune in favor of raising the minimum wage.

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