How to recover after a job layoff

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Workers at the HyLife pork processing plant in Windom, Minn. show up for a shift change on the last day before the plant closed on June 2. More than 1,000 people lost their jobs.
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Updated: Noon, July 25 | Posted: 10:47 a.m., July 24

The job market in Minnesota may be strong, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s job is secure. Allina Health just announced it would lay off 350 workers, 3M is laying off 1,100 people at its Maplewood, Minn. headquarters and Wells Fargo is eliminating more than 350 jobs across the country in its home mortgage division, including several dozen in Minnesota. 

Earlier this summer, HyLife pork processing plant in Windom, Minn. closed entirely, putting more than 1,000 people out of work. Meanwhile, many companies are watching their bottom line, leaving thousands more workers wondering if their company or industry may start shedding jobs next. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks about the job market in Minnesota and what people can do to prepare for and recover from a layoff. 

People who have been laid off or unemployed for other reasons and looking for work anywhere in Minnesota can find job loss resources and other help offered by the state at


  • Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He’s also the senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio. 

  • Leah McNamee is a senior program manager at the nonprofit HIRED in the Twin Cities, where she oversees state and federally funded workforce development programs, including the Dislocated Worker Program. 

  • Shelley Jensen-Decker is a career counselor with Minnesota Job Partners, the career services division of the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau. 

  • Judy Praska was laid off from her job as executive director at a youth sports nonprofit organization and now works for herself as owner of a Fastest Labs franchise in Bloomington, Minn.

Subscribe to the MPR News with Angela Davis podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or RSS. 

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation. 

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(From left to right) MPR News host Angela Davis talks with MPR News senior economics contributor Chris Farrell; Leah McNamee, a senior program manager at HIRED; and Shelley Jensen-Decker, a career counselor with Minnesota Job Partners, on Monday in the MPR News studio in St. Paul.
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