Jobless rates jumped last month as the coronavirus layoffs took hold.

The April unemployment rate in Stevens County rose half a point to 3.8 percent, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other area counties were also higher, including:

Big Stone        6.5                   +0.8

Grant               6.7                   +1.6

Pope                6.0                   +2.6

Swift               8.2                   +3.3

Traverse           5.7                   +0.7

The comparable statewide jobless rate was 8.6 percent while the nationwide figure is 14.4 percent.

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