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2 views of state economy shade governor race

August 23, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major theme of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's bid for a second term is that the Minnesota economy has outperformed most of the Upper Midwest on his watch.

Republicans concede things have turned around but they say the recovery has been far from robust. Each side will spend the next 10 weeks debating whether the glass is half-full or half-empty.

Tens of thousands more jobs exist now than on Dayton's first day, and unemployment has fallen from 6.8 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent today.

Republican nominee Jeff Johnson has seized on a statistic that 53 percent of Minnesota workers have positions beneath their qualification level. Dayton questions the interpretation of the figure, which comes from a state agency researcher.



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