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Mitchell’s jobless rate rises above 5 percent

March 25, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Mitchell’s unemployment rate is above 5 percent for the first time in nearly a year, but a report with the data says employment fluctuations are a normal part of the economic recovery.
According to data released Friday morning by the state Department of Labor, the city’s February unemployment rate was 5.2 percent. That matches the unemployment rate from last March and is the highest rate since then. It’s the city’s third consecutive month of rising unemployment.
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Building permits were on the grow in 2010

January 20, 2011 in The Daily Republic

More building permits were issued in Mitchell in 2010 than any year since 2006, and those projects had a greater value than any year since 2005.
“We’re busy,” Mitchell Building Official/Inspector John Hegg said. “Always busy this year.”
The city collected $70,006.93 in permit fees, the highest amount in the last six years. These numbers indicate a revitalized local economy as the area, state and country struggle to emerge from the great recession. Continue Reading

Two years, thousands of passersby later, and Doll Museum still remains empty

December 3, 2010 in The Daily Republic

For nearly three decades, the Enchanted World Doll Museum housed unique and worldly dolls that were admired by tourists from across the United States.
But what was once a unique attraction is now just an empty building, located across from one of the nation’s most well-known structures. The museum greeted tourists across the street from the Corn Palace in Mitchell for 27 years before it shut its doors in 2008 due to declining attendance. Continue Reading