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Published April 16, 2010, 08:17 AM

Minnesota Jobless Rate Edges Up

Minnesota's unemployment rate edged up a notch in March to 7.4 percent.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's unemployment rate edged up a

notch in March to 7.4 percent.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

says the increase was mainly due to people coming back into the

labor force as the economy recovers, but not all were able to find

work. That increased the number of unemployed by 3,600.

Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had stood at

7.3 percent in January and February. Minnesota's March unemployment

rate was still well below the national unemployment rate, which

remained steady at 9.7 percent.

The unemployment rate in Minnesota has dropped from a year ago,

when it was 8.1 percent in March 2009.

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