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.