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DEED corrects jobless numbers for Albert Lea

Albert Lea’s three-month reign for the highest jobless rate in Minnesota’s large cities ended after the state revised its unemployment numbers.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) changed the numbers for the southeastern Minnesota city, dropping its unemployment rate from 17.2 percent to 5.9 percent in March.

Before Albert Lea’s jobless numbers were revised downward, DEED had it leading the state large cities, those with a population of 10,000 or more.

The newly revised numbers dropped Albert Lea’s unemployment rate from double-digits in 2014 to much lower rates of 6.6 percent in January, 6.3 percent in February and 5.9 in March.

The revisions mean the Brainerd zip code, with a jobless rate of 14 percent in March, again tops the state. Bemidji, at 11.6 percent, and Grand Rapids, at 11.1 percent, continue to remain on the short list for the highest jobless rates in the state. Brainerd, Bemidji and Grand Rapids are the only cities DEED lists with double-digit unemployment rates. The majority of the rest of the state’s large cities are in the 3 percent, 4 percent and 5 percent range.

After Grand Rapids, the next highest city is Hibbing with 7.5 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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