With unemployment at an all-time low, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Steve Grove will lead the Summer of Jobs campaign through Owatonna on Wednesday, August 10. "Events include a walking tour of redevelopment in the downtown area and a roundtable discussion with local business leaders about workforce issues and hiring practices," according to a news release from DEED.

Owatonna Mayor Tom Kuntz and Owatonna Chamber president Brad Meier will join with other business leaders for the discussion.

Steele County and Owatonna's unemployment rates were recently reported by Tuesday Talk from the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at less than two percent by DEED. It is at least a ten-year low.

The Summer of Jobs campaign creates opportunities for job seekers and resources for employers. The program has three goals, as stated by the careerforcemn website.

  • "Showcase the thousands of amazing jobs available in Minnesota...[find postings at CareerForceMN.com]...
  • Amplify the many sources of labor that employers often overlook or lack a connection to, such as immigrant communities, young people, retirees returning to the workforce, people with disabilities or those recently released from correctional facilities...
  • Highlight the innovation and best practices from businesses, job-seekers, and communities - as well as the multiple services DEED is revamping at our agency - to help increase opportunity and productivity in our workforce."

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