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Retiring baby boomers create health care hiring spree in Minn.

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An aging population that consumes more health care is generating a growing demand for medical professionals, data analysts and patient care coordinators, the Star Tribune reports. Hospitals and clinics in Minnesota have added 39,000 jobs since February 2008.

"We have a shortage of health care providers in the state of Minnesota," Laura Beeth, system director for talent management at Fairview Health Services, told the newspaper. "We have not slowed down in the last two years at all."

The Huffington Post reports the health care sector has added 290,000 jobs nationwide through November this year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by the Advisory Board.

Minnesota’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent in October. The national unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November, NPR reports.

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