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.