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2011 job growth strong in Mankato, elusive in Duluth

Posted at 9:56 AM on January 19, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Jobs and unemployment

The Mankato area showed the strongest 2011 job growth among the five major metropolitan areas in Minnesota while Duluth and St. Cloud struggled.

Mankato added 1,200 jobs during the year, up 2.3 between December 2010 and December 2011, data released this morning show.

It was a different picture in St. Cloud and Duluth, which ended 2011 with a net loss of jobs for the year.

Here's the chart:
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That was a pretty consistent pattern all year long with Manakto, Rochester and the Twin Cities showing steady job growth and St. Cloud and Duluth struggling for traction.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.