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Minnesota employers shed 4,200 jobs in April

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota marked its fourth straight month of weak employment numbers in April as the state’s employers shed 4,200 jobs, the state said Thursday.

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“Frankly, this was not only disappointing, but quite surprising,” said Steve Hine, Minnesota’s director of labor market research. “I was anticipating much better numbers than we saw this month.”

Still, the state’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent in March.

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