Jobless rates bumped higher in western Minnesota counties last month.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County rose six tenth of a percent to 2.8 in June, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other county rates in the area include:


Big Stone         3.2       +0.3

Grant               3.8       +0.7

Pope                2.8       +0.4

Swift                3.3       +0.5

Traverse           3.4       +0.3


The comparable jobless rate for Minnesota was 3.4 percent and nationwide it’s 3.8 percent.


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