The number of Minnesotans who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit has been growing over the past several years. Here's a breakdown for the seven-county metro area:

County Tax Year 2008 Tax Year 2009 Increase

Anoka 15,185 17,470 15.0%

Carver 2,570 2,940 14.4%

Dakota 16,430 19,000 15.6%

Hennepin 61,830 68,170 10.3%

Ramsey 32,940 36,920 12.1%

Scott 4,750 5,590 17.7%

Washington 8,330 9,820 17.9%

Source: IRS