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Minnesota unemployment rate below national average

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The Minnesota unemployment rate remained unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 7.4 percent in December, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The state jobless rate was 2.6 percent below the U.S. unemployment rate, which also held steady in December at 10 percent.

Minnesota employers trimmed 4,100 jobs in December. Over the year, Minnesota and the nation have both lost 3 percent of their jobs.

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