Fresh hiring by Minnesota school districts is improving the jobs picture. Mila Koumpilova of the PiPress reports:“After a couple of years of job losses, hiring in public schools is markedly up this summer over last year. District payrolls last month hit 106,975 jobs, up more than 7,500, or 7.6 percent, over August 2011. Jobs were also up over July's numbers — unusual because district payrolls rarely start rebounding so soon after the spring ritual of laying off employees for the summer. In fact, public education outperformed all other sectors in hiring over the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which released an otherwise lackluster August jobs report last week. The numbers include all district and charter school jobs, from teachers to custodians and counselors to administrators.” So, we’ve finally met the “job creators”… and they are us.
Only 29 points? The latest Strib polling story has Amy Klobuchar with an LBJ-like lead over her GOP opponent. Rachel Stassen-Berger writes:“Klobuchar captured support from 57 percent of the electorate, with Bills drawing 28 percent. Another 7 percent said they would vote for someone else, while 8 percent remain undecided in the U.S. Senate race. The poll shows the first-term senator with a solid advantage in all areas of the state, outpacing Bills by more than 40 percentage points in the Democratic urban areas that include Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. Klobuchar's weakest numbers come in southwestern Minnesota, where 46 percent say they would vote for her, compared to 26 percent who favor Bills and 19 percent who are undecided.” Bills needs to personally drive all the Ron Paulites to the polls.