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Duluth unemployment rate remains seasonally higher despite job gains

Unemployment in Duluth remained at a seasonally higher rate of 7 percent in March, even though 324 people found work, according to state data released today.

Meanwhile, the rate remained at 7.7 percent throughout the Twin Ports region, which includes all of St. Louis, Carlton and Douglas counties even as more than 1,000 people found jobs.

Job gains were seen in the retail, professional business services, education and health, and the leisure and hospitality sectors.

But those job gains were countered by more people looking for work as the economy picked up steam and the loss of 50 manufacturing jobs in the Duluth metro area, though that loss was an improvement over March 2011.

The post-holiday rise in unemployment usually begins to decline with the April numbers.

Other unemployment rates include:

  • Northeast Minnesota: 8.1 percent in March, up from 8 percent in February
  • Cloquet: 9.4 percent, up from 9.1 percent
  • Grand Rapids: 11.6 percent, the same as February
  • Hibbing: 7.2 percent, up from 6.9 percent
  • Virginia: 6.9 percent, down from 7.7 percent.

    The regional numbers are not seasonally adjusted, while state's rate at 5.8 percent and national rate of 8.2 percent are seasonally adjusted.

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