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Hospital work force shrank in 2008

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WILLMAR -- At the start of 2008, Rice Memorial Hospital had 851 workers on its payroll. By the end of the year, layoffs and cutbacks had reduced the work force to 818, the smallest it has been in at least a decade.

Since 2005, the city-owned hospital has shed almost 70 jobs, or around 8 percent of the total work force. The biggest loss came last year, with 42 layoffs over the course of the year.

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