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State Economist Tom Stinson says federal stimulus money will help Minnesota, but "will not jump-start the economy." Watching is Commissioner Tom Hanson of Minnesota Management and Budget. Staff photo by Don Davis

Economy continues to falter

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota's economy appears to be mirroring the national one, with employment expected to near 10 percent.

"We think it is going to be a slow recovery," Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson said Tuesday, with the state not fully recovered until 2012.


Stinson said the recession will cost 120,000 Minnesota jobs through next year.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.