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Published September 29, 2010, 11:37 AM

Recession Hits Minnesota Hard

New census figures show the recession hit hard in Minnesota, with household incomes and home ownership slipping while poverty climbed, especially among children.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - New census figures show the recession hit hard in Minnesota, with household incomes and home ownership slipping while poverty climbed, especially among children.

The data show that in the Twin Cities metro area, there was a 4 percent decline in median household income, adjusted for inflation, from 2008 to 2009.

Fourteen percent of Minnesota children were living in poverty. That's 34,000 more than the year before.

Yet in the big picture, State Demographer Tom Gillaspy says Minnesota remains among the most prosperous and healthy states in

the nation.

The census data released Tuesday also showed rises in Minnesota suburban poverty and joblessness.

Minnesota's nation-leading homeownership rate slipped by 1 percentage point to 74 percent, while other states gained or held steady.

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