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Unemployment rate hits 8.1 percent

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota had a net loss of another 13,300 jobs in February as the unemployment rate increased to a seasonally adjusted 8.1 percent.

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development reports Thursday that the state's February unemployment rate nearly matches that of the nation as a whole.

Minnesota's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in January.

Minnesota has lost 3.2 percent of its jobs in the past year, nearly mirroring the national rate of 3.1 percent. In real terms, Minnesota lost nearly 86,000 jobs since February 2008.

From January to February, the education and health sector added 2,100 jobs. The biggest month-to-month loser was manufacturing, which lost 5,100 jobs.

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