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Why is Brainerd's jobless rate so high?

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Two economic development professionals Thursday strived to explain why Brainerd’s unemployment rate is so high at the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area’s meeting. The city’s unemployment rate in December was 11.7 percent in November— the highest among Minnesota cities of 10,000 or more.


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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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