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Brainerd has the highest jobless rate in state


Brainerd’s unemployment rate rose in November and the city now has the only double-digit jobless rate in the state.

Brainerd continues to top the chart, at 11.7%, which tracks the jobless rates of 67 Minnesota cities with populations of 10,000 or more. Few others were even close. The majority of the cities had unemployment rates of 4 percent and 5 percent with Vadnais Heights as low as 2.6 percent. Bemidji was the second highest at 9.8 percent.

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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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