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Jobless rates drop slightly across the region

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Brainerd’s jobless rate dropped slightly in March, as did all the rates across the seven-county area.

Warm weather may have helped by putting the area ahead of schedule from area resorts to lawn maintenance.


Brainerd posted an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent in March, down from 14.6 percent in February. A year ago in March, the jobless rate was 16.7 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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