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Monday, January 02, 2012

Twin Cities Have Nation's 3rd-Lowest Unemployment Rate

As you can read here, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities is the third-lowest in the US.  Our rate is 5.4%, behind only Omaha and Madison.  This is only 1.9% worse than our best rate for the last decade, 3.5%.  Our unemployment rate is a full percentage point better than the state of Minnesota's as a whole, 6.4%.

This is good news, but unfortunately employment is not equitable across racial and ethnic lines in Minneapolis.  Unemployment for whites is very low, for African Americans and other minority communities, it is in the double digits.  We can and must do better.


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