Post-recession job recovery uneven among Minnesota cities

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Minnesota has regained all of the private-sector jobs it lost in the recession, but according to a study from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the recovery has not been evenly spread.

MinnPost reports Minneapolis has seen a relatively stellar recovery. The city lost 10,955 private-sector jobs between 2007 and 2009 but regained 14,713 between 2010 and 2012.

Neighboring St. Paul has not seen that kind of recovery. The report says St. Paul still needs to gain back 5,989 private-sector jobs to return to its pre-2007 level.

The report only looked at private-sector jobs and does not include public-sector jobs. It says St. Paul lost 4,332 jobs in the recession and continued the declines from 2010 to 2012.

The DEED report notes only one city in the 25 largest cities in Minnesota didn't suffer job losses during the recession.

That city was Golden Valley. Employment in Golden Valley increased each year between 2007 and 2011. The report shows while other cities were losing jobs, Golden Valley added 1,297 jobs between 2007 to 2009. DEED says employment has dipped 1.3 percent though in 2011 and 2012.

The 10 cities that had private-sector job growth from 2007 to 2012 were:

1. Minneapolis 4,938

2. Edina 2,308

3. Golden Valley 2,195

4. Brooklyn Park 1,532

5. Eagan 958

6. Maple Grove 858

7. Maplewood 626

8. Shakopee 480

9. Blaine 362

10. Woodbury 44.

Greater Minnesota cities did not fair as well, according to DEED. Mankato had 22 fewer private-sector jobs in 2012, Rochester had 354 fewer, Winona had 1,096 fewer, Duluth had 2,161 less, and St. Cloud had 4,238 fewer jobs in 2012 than it did in 2007.

The state's unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent last month, more than 2 points better than the nation's 6.7 percent unemployment rate.

Last week, DEED said the state added 9,500 jobs in the month of December.

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