Jobless rates dropped in western Minnesota counties last month.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County during August was 2.5 percent, down a tenth of a point from July, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Other county rates include:

Big Stone                    2.5       -0.7

Grant                           3.3       -0.6

Pope                            2.5       -0.4

Swift                           3.1       -1.7

Traverse                       3.1       -0.1

The comparable jobless rate in Minnesota last month was 3.0 and nationwide the figure was 3.8.

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