NORTHWESTERN MINN — Northwestern Minnesota is finally getting back to work in the pandemic.

"Northwest was hit pretty hard right away, because it does have higher employment in leisure and hospitality," said Cameron Macht, Regional Analysis & Outreach Manager with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

He says Mahnomen County was hit particularly hard. It currently has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 16.5%.

Despite that unemployment rate, things are getting better.

"Northwest Minnesota has seen the quickest recovery of all of the regions in the state," he said.

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A recovery like Roseau County's, nearly two-thirds of its population filed for unemployment at some point during the pandemic.

Todd Peterson the Community Development Coordinator with the city of Roseau.

Community Development Coordinator for the City of Roseau Todd Peterson says major manufacturing companies in Roseau - such as Polaris and Marvin Windows - furloughed nearly all of their workers.

50% of the county works in manufacturing, but they are now fortunately back to work.

"The latest conversation is that demand is high and they are actually seeking more employees," said Peterson.

Companies around the nation are looking for new hires. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 1.8 million new jobs created in July.

Minnesota is helping people clock in once again in retail, entry level healthcare and manufacturing.

"DEED is working really hard to share information because there is a lot of hiring demand in the marketplace right now," said Macht.

Applicants can find information and listings for 30 in demand jobs on the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development website.