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Published August 24, 2011, 08:15 AM

Dayton Launches Jobs Tour in Fergus Falls

The first-term Democrat will visit an assisted care facility built with public and private money. He will also hold a forum on jobs with local officials, business owners, economic development specialists and those who train workers.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton begins a statewide jobs tour in Fergus Falls on Wednesday.

The first-term Democrat will visit an assisted care facility built with public and private money. He will also hold a forum on jobs with local officials, business owners, economic development specialists and those who train workers.

Dayton said Tuesday that he sees the tour as a way to develop a statewide business plan to put people back to work all over the state.

Minnesota has a 7.2 percent unemployment rate, with more than 200,000 people lacking jobs.

The governor says the Fergus Falls trip will be followed by other meetings around the state as he aims to make job creation his main focus. The jobs tour will end with a statewide summit in St. Paul in October.

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