Jobless rates in western Minnesota counties jumped last month.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County rose 1.2 percent in January to 2.8 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other county rates were higher including:


Big Stone         5.1       +2.6

Grant               5.1       +2.3

Pope                3.6       +1.5

Swift                4.5       +2.2

Traverse           4.2       +1.9


The comparable statewide unemployment rate is 3.2 percent and nationwide it’s 3.7 percent.


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