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No. 6 - Brainerd jobless rates show positive signs


In 2012, Brainerd’s unemployment rate did something it hadn’t been able to accomplish since December of 2007.

In 54 months, the city’s jobless rate dropped below double-digits just four times, three times in 2008 and once in 2011.

But in June of 2012 that changed. Brainerd’s jobless rate, which encompasses the city and environs in the same ZIP code, dropped below 10 percent and stayed there.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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