Jobless rates improved in western Minnesota counties in February.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County dropped two-tenths of a point to 3.3 percent, according to figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other county rates include:

Big Stone        6.0       -1.3

Grant               5.9       -0.6

Pope                3.7       -0.2

Swift               5.5       -0.7

Traverse           5.1       -0.5

The comparable statewide jobless rate is 3.6 percent and nationwide it was 3.8 percent. These figures don’t reflect what has happened since the coronavirus outbreak.

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