Western Minnesota counties generally saw a drop in jobless rates last month.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports the July jobless rate in Stevens County was 3.1 percent, down seven tenth of a percent from June.

Other county rates include:

Big Stone                    3.5       -1.6

Grant                           4.9       -0.8

Pope                            4.6       -0.3

Swift                           5.9       +0.3

Traverse                       4.0       -0.9

The comparable statewide unemployment rate in July was 7.4 and nationwide it remains in double figures at 10.5 percent.

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