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%)

One thought on “Employment fact of the day: April 1, 2009

  1. Dear Teri:
    Despite our weak economy, health care positions are readily available. One of the most interesting careers in health is Clinical Laboratory Science, also known as Medical Technology. Medical technologists are professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree with concentration in biology and chemistry. They work in hospital and reference laboratories and earn a median annual salary of $47,840 with shift differentials. There is a 10.4% vacancy rate, and the average age of medical technologists currently practicing is 49 years old. Clinical laboratory technicians, also called medical laboratory technicians have associate degrees with a science concentration, a median average salary of $38,438, and a 6.4% national vacancy rate. You can go to, the site of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science to see a discussion of the employment crisis and recruitment efforts for this challenging, rewarding, but little-known health profession. One of the oldes and best Clinical Laboratory Science programs is provided at the University of Minnesota.


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