Unemployment numbers in western Minnesota counties generally fell in October.

The unemployment rate for Stevens County was 1.5 percent, down four-tenth of a point, according to numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other county rates include:


Big Stone         2.2       -0.1

Grant               2.4       -0.1

Pope                1.7       unchanged

Swift                2.2       -0.3

Traverse           2.0       -0.1


The comparable jobless rate in Minnesota is 2.2 percent and nationwide it’s 3.5 percent.


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