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Jobless rate down in Twin Cities, but not rest of country

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The Twin Cities was one of only two metropolitan areas in the U.S. where the March jobless rate was down year-over-year, according to new federal labor statistics.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday that 47 of 49 large metropolitan areas (with a Census 2000 population of at least 1 million) had higher unemployment rates in March 2010 than March 2009.

Only the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area in Minnesota and Wisconsin, down six-tenths of a percentage point, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region in New York, down two-tenths of a point, beat the trend.

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