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U.S. price increases slowed last month, the latest sign that inflationary pressures gripping the nation may be easing as the economy slows and consumers become more cautious. Consumer inflation reached 7.7% in October from a year earlier and 0.4% from September. The year-on-year increase was down from 8.2% in September and the smallest increase since January.

The Labor Market Information Center released the latest Online Job Openings Report (OJOR), a monthly summary of online job openings and active resumes from the North Dakota Career Services Labor Exchange System. There were 16,795 open and available online job openings in North Dakota in October 2022, a change of -1.3% (-215) from the previous month and a change of -8.6% (-1,581) from the same month a year ago.

Minnesota’s estimated 2021 workplace injury and illness rate is down from 2020. According to the annual Occupational Injury and Illness Survey, the state estimates there will be 3.4 OSHA-recordable non-fatal occupational injury and illness (FTE) workers per 100 full-time workers in 2021. The survey estimates that 73,800 workers in Minnesota have OSHA-recordable, non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2021, compared with an estimated 76,700 cases in 2020.

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The possibility of a rail strike has been pushed back to early December to give engineers and conductors time to vote on their deal with freight railroads and to give the industry more opportunities to renegotiate with the two unions that rejected their deal last month. Previously, the November 19 strike deadline was up in the air. All 12 railroad unions must approve their deals to avoid a strike, and so far only seven have approved a deal offering a 24 percent pay rise and a $5,000 bonus.

General Motors is recalling nearly 340,000 large SUVs in the United States because their daytime running lights may not turn off when regular headlights are on. Turning on two lights at the same time could cause glare and increase the risk of a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in the filing. The recall involves certain 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, as well as some GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

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Volkswagen is recalling nearly 225,000 vehicles in the United States because a tire pressure monitoring system may not be able to detect air loss from all four tires simultaneously. The recall affects select 2019 Tiguan, Golf Sportswagen, Golf Alltrack, Golf R, and Audi Q3 and A3 vehicles. Also included are some 2019 and 2020 Jetta, Golf, Atlas and Audi A3 models and some 2020-2021 Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas vehicles. Notification letters will be sent on December 30.

Gamblers are shaking off inflation fears and losing money at casinos at a record pace. The U.S. commercial casino industry had its best quarter ever, winning more than $15 billion from gamblers in the third quarter of this year, data released Wednesday showed. Casinos are on track to have their best year ever in 2022, the American Gaming Association said. Of the 33 states with gaming operations a year ago, 16 reported quarterly highs for overall gaming revenue.

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Developers are looking for a property in South Grand Forks to build a Shoot 360 basketball skills training centre. The facility combines interactive technology with a basketball court for players to practice their games. Target location near South Washington and 40th Avenue South.

Altru has named Jamie Roed, MD, as its quarterly provider for the second quarter of 2022. Originally from Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, Dr. Roed attended the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed his residency in practice through the University of North Dakota family. He has been with Ultron for over 22 years.

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