by Teri Fritsma
This may not come as a surprise, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just published the preliminary February unemployment rates for major metropolitan areas around the country. The unemployment rates in all of Minnesota’s metro areas increased since February of 2008 — by quite a bit.
Here are the breakdowns.
Duluth: 9.8% (up from 6.2% last year)
Mankato – North Mankato: 6.6% (up from 4.1%)
Minneapolis – St. Paul: 8.2% (up from 4.6%)
Rochester: 7.2% (up from 4.5%)
St. Cloud: 9.8% (up from 5.8%)