Eagan's private sector employment has bounced back from its recent low point in 2009, after being nicked by the Northwest Airlines-Delta merger and other losses. And new companies and two big retail developments are on the way.

Year Eagan Dakota County

2011 47,223 151,050

2010 46,684 148,989

2009 46,219 149,809

2008 47,614 154,698

2007 48,523 156,723

2006 47,792 156,262

2005 47,038 152,919

2004 46,405 150,127

2003 45,579 146,849

2002 43,795 142,095

2001 41,553 138,597

2000 40,350 136,423

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development