Employers Cut Temp Workers Quickly in Last 5 Months of 2022

Employers are shedding temporary workers at a fast rate, a sign that broader job losses could be on the horizon.

In the last five months of 2022, employers cut 110,800 temp workers, including 35,000 in December, the largest monthly drop since early 2021.  Many economists view the sector as an early indicator of future labor market shifts.

Temporary employment declined before some recent recessions and during economic slowdowns.  Temporary workers, typically employed through staffing agencies, are easy for companies to bring on board and to let go.

Cutbacks in temporary jobs add to other evidence that companies are adopting more of a cost cutting stance.  Corporate job cut announcements are up significantly from a year earlier and business executives are reported somber about the outlook.

The U.S. labor market is historically strong, but showing signs of slowing.  Employers added 223,000 jobs in December, which is the smallest gain in two years.  Surveyed economists expect higher interest rates to trigger job losses and a recession this year as the Federal Reserve’s interest rate increases proliferate through the economy.

Local Sports Schedule — Tuesday 1/24/23

Iowa Boys & Girls Basketball

North Union at Belmond-Klemme (On 98.1 FM & kbew98country.com, 6:15pm)

Minnesota Boys Basketball

Jackson Co. Central at BEA
W-E-M at USC
Maple River at Medford
Nicollet at GHEC/ML-Truman
Martin Co. West at Madelia

Minnesota Girls Basketball

BEA at Jackson Co. Central
Medford at Maple River


Marshall & Waseca at Martin County


Martin Co. Area at Waseca

Boys Hockey

New Ulm at Fairmont

Girls Hockey

Fairmont at New Ulm

Local Sports Results from Monday 1/23/23

Minnesota Boys Basketball

Hayfield 57, USC 55

Minnesota Girls Basketball

Maple River 64, BEA 41
Fairmont 56, GHEC/ML-Truman 36
St. Clair 64, Martin Co. West 35

Iowa Boys Basketball

North Union 68, Eagle Grove 45

Iowa Girls Basketball

North Union 62, Eagle Grove 28

Mankato Woman Injured in Snowmobile Accident, South of Wells

A Mankato woman was injured in a snowmobile accident, south of Wells, on Saturday Afternoon.

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 2011 Polaris snowmobile, being operated by 51 year old Thomas Lee Cain, of Wells, was southbound in the west ditch on Highway 22, near 150th, at approximately 4:42pm Saturday, when his passenger, 54 year old Melissa Ann Wayman, of Mankato, was thrown from the snowmobile.  Wayman sustained two breaks to her left leg as a result of the crash.  It is unknown why Wayman was thrown from the machine or if her leg entered the track, causing the injuries.  According to Cain, speed did not play a factor in the crash.

The Wells Police Department, Wells Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the crash scene.

Elmore Woman Injured in One Vehicle Rollover, South of Blue Earth, on Friday Morning

An Elmore woman was injured in a one vehicle accident early Friday morning in Faribault County.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident occurred shortly before 6:55am on Highway 169, south of Blue Earth.

The State Patrol says 21 year old Angelina Lopez, of Elmore, was driving a 2015 Chevy Malibu northbound on Highway 169, when she lost control on the snow and ice covered road, causing the vehicle to roll.

Lopez was taken to the United Hospital District with non-life threatening injuries.

The Blue Earth Police and Fire Departments and the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

Local Sports Schedule — Monday 1/23/23

Minnesota Girls Basketball

BEA at Maple River (On 98.1 FM & kbew98country.com, 7:15pm)
GHEC/ML-Truman at Fairmont
Martin Co. West at St. Clair

Minnesota Boys Basketball

Hayfield at USC

Iowa Boys & Girls Basketball

North Iowa at West Hancock
North Union at Eagle Grove

Local Sports Results from Friday 1/20/23

Friday Sports Results
Minnesota Boys Basketball
MN Valley Lutheran 80, BEA 60
USC 61, Triton 58
Maple River 49, Hayfield 39
Waseca 62, Fairmont 41
Martin Co. West 69, Nicollet 30

Minnesota Girls Basketball
USC 56, Immanuel Lutheran 28
Hayfield 60, Maple River 34
Waseca 42, Fairmont 36
GHEC/ML-Truman 59, Cleveland 54
LCWM 54, Martin Co. West 26

Iowa Boys Basketball
Forest City 70, North Iowa 67

Iowa Girls Basketball

Forest City 55, North Iowa 28

BEA 45, Worthington 24
TMB 51, BEA 28
Adrian 60, BEA 22
Maple River/USC 54, NRHEG 18
LCWM 45, Maple River/USC 25

St. Peter 132.775, Martin Co. Area 129.925

Boys Hockey
Fairmont 7, Morris/Benson 1

Girls Hockey

Morris/Benson 5, Fairmont 2

Ruth Nerem

Funeral Services for Ruth Nerem, age 100, of Bancroft, will be Saturday, January 21st, at 10:30am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt.  Burial will be in Fenton Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, from 4-7pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Ruth Nerem died Wednesday, January 18th, in Accura Care Center, Bancroft.

B.E. Library Director Reminds Residents About Library Services

On Thursday, Blue Earth Library Director Heidi Schutt talked to KBEW about the services the local library has to offer the community.

Schutt said the library has much more to offer than just books including free wifi, computer terminals that are open for public use and a quiet space to read, write or work in.

In addition, the library also has a number of scheduled activities scheduled for both children and adults including book clubs, puzzle races and more.  Visit the library’s website for a calendar of events, or stop by the library to grab a schedule.

The library in Blue Earth opens at 10am Monday through Saturday.