Jobless rates were mostly lower in western Minnesota counties during July.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County dropped four tenths of a percent to 2.0, according to figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Ecomonic Development.

Other county rates include:

Big Stone                     2.6       unchanged

Grant                           3.4       +0.3

Pope                            2.0       -0.2

Swift                            3.3       -0.2

Traverse                       2.3       -0.2

The comparable jobless rate in Minnesota is 2.7 percent and nationwide the figure is 4.1

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