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Map: Job growth by Minnesota county, 2000 to 2013

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends, Economics Updated: February 10, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Scroll over the map to see which Minnesota counties had the most and least job growth from 2000 to 2013. Data comes from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

You can see that the counties that ring the core of the Twin Cities are varying shades of green, with the strongest job growth in the northwest suburbs.

The two core counties of the metro area have both sustained major job losses in the past 13 years, though, with Ramsey County down 4 percent and Hennepin County down 2.5 percent 

Outside the metro, it's hit or miss. Pennington County in northwest Minnesota, as we reported in 2013, is a bit of an anomaly driven by the growth of one company, DigiKey. Jackson County in southwest Minnesota is also an anomaly. But 42 of the state's 87 counties posted a net job loss from July 2000 to July 2013, which is the period covered by the data. Find out where your county fits in.

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