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House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher refused to say Tuesday if Democrats will call for higher income taxes to solve a state budget deficit. With her is Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Unemployment in Minnesota keeps in line with numbers across nation

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's economy appears to be mirroring the national one, with employment expected to near 10 percent.

"We think it is going to be a slow recovery," Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson said Tuesday, with the state not fully recovered until 2012.


Stinson said the recession will cost 120,000 Minnesota jobs through next year.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.