MN Job Watch – Part II


Best Buy offers 4000 buyouts
Twin Cities health groups cut 613 jobs
3M to cut jobs to weather storm
Office Depot to close Woodbury store in nationwide downsizing
Downturn hits Hutchinson Tech hard
Ford Plant layoffs during December

“I don’t know anyone who’s actually lost a job,” the business owner told me. “I think a lot of it is just media hype.” That was two weeks ago. He probably wouldn’t say the same today.

Today the Daily Planet publishes two articles with personal stories about the recession’s impact. I believe that putting faces on the “economic crisis” helps increase our will to do something about it, both personally (contributing to your local foodshelf) and politically. Do you have a story to tell? A job lost? A home foreclosed? Hours cut? Benefits gone? Maybe you have a story of hope–someone reaching out to help in hard times–or a strategy for coping. Send your stories to me at, or hit the comment button and tell us right now.