N. Minneapolis unemployed pin hopes on stadium jobs

Elected officials, business owners and civic leaders hope the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will boost out-of-work Minnesotans hit hardest by the recession, including some of the 22 percent of black workers who were counted as unemployed by the state as recently as last year.
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Elected officials, business owners and civic leaders hope the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will boost out-of-work Minnesotans hit hardest by the recession, including some of the 22 percent of black workers who were counted as unemployed by the state as recently as last year.

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