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Long Winter Causing a Slow Start for Outdoor and Recreational Businesses

iStockphoto(OAKDALE, Minn.) -- The extended cold in parts the country may have had an effect on March's disappointing jobs numbers.

Low temperatures late into winter and early spring are creating a slow start this year for businesses in the outdoor and recreational industries, leading to decreased revenue and a delay on hiring.

Sue Hustings says few customers are walking into her plant nursery in Minnesota. “I would say six to eight behind but what it was last year.”

Minnesota, Oak Marsh Golf Club Spokesperson Nicole Anderson says snow bunkers have forced the club to turn away thousands of reservations from eager golfers.

“Typically we open about St. Patrick's Day so now we're, what, about two, two and a half weeks late,” Anderson said.

“People are ready to get outside, I think, and just be active.”

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