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.