Jobless numbers were up in January in western Minnesota counties.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County rose half a point to 3.7 percent, according to figures just released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Other county rates include:

Big Stone         7.5       +1.6

Grant               6.8       +1.4

Pope                4.1       +0.5

Swift                6.4       +0.4

Traverse           5.8       +1.6

The comparable statewide rate is 3.9 percent and nationwide its 4.0.

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