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Kavita Kumar

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Kavita:

Minnesota added 19,100 jobs in July while jobless rate remained at historic low

It was a big jump upward after slow hiring in June. → Read More

Kashkari stakes out the most aggressive stance on lifting interest rates

At an event in Colorado, the Minneapolis Fed chief reveals his rate projections. Fed data shows he is more hawkish than others on the central bank's rate-setting committee. → Read More

On a day when recession is debated across U.S., Minnesota's economy also sends mixed signals

Minnesota's second-quarter growth won't be known until September. Business execs and analysts see a state "in a period of flux." → Read More

Can you still find lunch in the Minneapolis skyway for $10? Yes, but it's not easy

Some workers returning to downtown offices do double-takes when at their old lunch spots. → Read More

Affinity Plus credit union reduces or eliminates some overdraft fees

Several big banks have made similar moves under pressure from lawmakers and consumer advocates → Read More

Minnesota has the nation's second-lowest jobless rate. Is that good?

For workers, the low unemployment rate should provide leverage. For the broader economy, new costs set in. → Read More

Inflation in Twin Cities soared 8.7% since a year ago, a step faster than in the U.S. overall

Food prices rose more quickly in the metro region, but gas prices have soared more across the country. → Read More

Job vacancies in Minnesota outnumber jobless workers more than 2 to 1

Though the data is for the end of 2021, it reinforces the picture of a very tight labor market in the state. → Read More

Minnesota's unemployment rate falls to record low of 2.2%

The state's jobless rate was down three-tenths of a point from 2.5% in March. → Read More

Target, other retailers say consumer spending is fine, but investors see a turning point at hand

Retail stocks plunged as investors looked beyond recent data that shows consumers are defying inflation. → Read More

Judge removes trustee at Otto Bremer Trust who pushed hardest for sale of Bremer Bank

Brian Lipschultz must step away immediately from the trust, which owns Minnesota's fourth-largest bank. → Read More

U.S. Bank reopens branch on Lake Street that was destroyed in 2020 riots

U.S. Bank views the rebuilt branch as a "flagship" location because of its larger size and high customer volume. → Read More

Minnesota's jobs comeback gains momentum, with 10,200 added in January

The state unemployment rate dropped to 2.9% that month, despite the surge in the omicron variant. → Read More

Gas, food prices expected to rise in Minnesota due to Russian attack on Ukraine

War in Europe complicates the Federal Reserve's effort to cool inflation without throwing the U.S. into recession. → Read More

Bruce Erickson, paleontologist at Science Museum of Minnesota, dies at 91

The Science Museum's longtime curator of paleontology helped it amass an impressive trove of fossils. He died on Jan. 16 at age 91. → Read More

Inflation hits Minnesota's smaller cities and rural areas harder than Twin Cities

Less-populated areas of the Midwest are seeing prices rise faster than urban areas and the coasts. → Read More

U.S. Bank eliminates some overdraft fees

Other banks have begun making similar moves in recent weeks. → Read More

Minnesota stops requiring child care providers to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

The state will no longer require child care providers in Minnesota to quarantine students and staff who were in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19. The change to state licensing requirements is "effective immediately." → Read More

Minnesota's manufacturers see more growth ahead in 2022 despite challenges

The state's manufacturing sector outpaced nearby states in the recovery from the 2020 recession. → Read More

Wells Fargo, No. 3 in downtown Minneapolis workers, delays office return — again

The bank company planned to start bringing workers back to offices around the country on Jan. 10. → Read More