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Brainerd's Dec. unemployment rate rises for second year


Brainerd’s jobless rate rose to 12.7 percent in December, a mirror image to the unemployment rate one year ago.

The city’s area jobless rate was 11.6 percent in November.

Bemidji’s jobless rate for December was 11.7 percent. Brainerd and Bemidji were the only two city areas — of those with populations of 10,000 or more — in the state with jobless rates in double digits. There are 66 large cities in the state.

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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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