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Jackson, two hours southeast of Lincoln County’s seat in Ivanhoe, was one of four Minnesota cities with at least 2,500 people that lost significant population between 2000 and 2010.
“Population declines mean fewer people are competing for those jobs,” Egbert said. “But these low unemployment numbers reflect a lot of vibrancy right now.”
To wit: AGCO bought out the spraying innovator Ag-Chem in 2001, adding Massey Ferguson and Challenger tractor lines and doubling its workforce.
Jackson Mayor Wayne Walter is fired up about a new 48-unit townhouse complex slated to go up in 2014. As is Mohns, the farmer-turned-hitch-doctor. He has four recruiters scouring the country for new employees.
“The No. 1 thing we need is housing, housing, housing,” Mohns said. “The biggest hurdle we have is trying to find employees, and it’s really slowing our growth.”
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