Jobless rates were mixed last month in western Minnesota counties.

The August unemployment rate in Stevens County was a tenth of a point higher at 2-point-one percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Other area county rates include:

Big Stone                    2.2       -0.5

Grant                           2.9       -0.5

Pope                            1.9       -0.1

Swift                           3.0       -0.3

Traverse                       2.3       +0.1

The comparable statewide unemployment rate was 2.5 percent and the U.S. rate was 3.9 percent.


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