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State jobless rate drops

National economists say the recession technically is over, but Minnesota economic leaders say workers have yet to feel an improvement.

A report released Thursday showed 10,300 Minnesota jobs disappeared last month.

At the same time, the percentage of Minnesotans without jobs fell 0.1 percent to 8 percent in August, the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced.

The national jobless rate was 9.7 percent.

Department Commissioner Dan McElroy said that in any recession, employment rebounds after other sectors of the economy.

"The (job) reduction in August was across a number of sectors." McElroy said.

In the past year, Minnesota has lost 120,300 jobs at a rate slightly less than the national average.

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