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The area lost a large number of manufacturing firms and jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, but Manufacturing continues to play an important role in the region today. Many local manufacturers have been planning expansions recently, such as Tritec, a Virginia steel fabricator.
Earlier this year the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced that preliminary jobs numbers for February had put us near our pre-recession peak of 2,780,000, marking an important signpost on the road to economic recovery. How does our economic recovery — which is well underway — compare to our neighbors in the Upper Midwest?
The Minnesota Index soared for the fourth consecutive month, increasing 0.7 percent in February 2013. That’s the biggest one month jump since October 2010 and the 13th highest on record dating to 1979.