Unemployment rates dropped in western Minnesota counties last month.

The seasonally unadjusted jobless rate for Stevens County fell 7 tenth of a point to 3.1 in May, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Other area county rates include:

Big Stone                    4.2       -1.8

Grant                           5.2       -1.5

Pope                            5.0       -1.0

Swift                           5.3       -2.9

Traverse                       3.9       -0.8

The comparable unemployment statewide in May was 9.4 and the U.S. rate is 13 percent.

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