Fill in the blank: Minnesota lost about _____________ jobs in a single month at the beginning of the pandemic as it did during the year and a half following the 2008 recession.

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In the year and a half following the 2008 recession total nonfarm payroll jobs went from 2.81 million at its highest level (June 2008) to 2.64 million (Dec. 2009)—a loss of 170,000 jobs.

In just one month in 2020, the total nonfarm payroll jobs went from 2.93 million (March 2020) to 2.56 (April 2020)—a loss of more than 360,000 jobs.

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