Jobless numbers were mixed in western Minnesota counties at the end of March.

The unemployment rate in Stevens County rose four-tenth of a percent to 3.6 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other area county rates include:

Big Stone        6.2       Unchanged

Grant               5.6       -0.3

Pope                3.7       Unchanged

Swift               5.4       Unchanged

Traverse          5.4       +0.1

The comparable statewide rate is 3.9 percent while the national jobless rate is 4.5 percent.

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