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Minnesota jobless falls to 6.4 percent, but state loses 6,100 jobs

The state's unemployment rate fell half a percentage point in October, despite employers shedding jobs. “Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since the U.S. financial crisis in November 2008,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips in a news release.
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The state's unemployment rate fell half a percentage point in October, despite employers shedding jobs. “Minnesota’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level since the U.S. financial crisis in November 2008,” said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips in a news release.

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