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Cameron Macht, regional analyst with the Minnesota Department of Economic Security, is pictured Wednesday at his desk in Willmar. Macht says 2008 saw a significant increase in unemployment claims filed by Latino and black workers across the region. The rate at which minorities are becoming unemployed is "much faster" than for the work force as a whole, he added. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Minorities across the region are feeling the job crunch

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WILLMAR -- The region's minority workers are losing their jobs at a more rapid pace than the general work force.

There was a significant increase last year in unemployment claims filed by Latino and black workers, said Cameron Macht, regional analyst with the Minnesota Department of Economic Security.

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