Jobless numbers dropped in western Minnesota counties last month.

            The unemployment rate in Stevens County during September was 2.3 percent, down one percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

            Other county rates include:

                        Big Stone                     2.6                   -1.0

                        Grant                           3.7                   -0.8

                        Pope                            3.6                   -1.0

                        Swift                            3.7                   -3.3

                        Traverse                       2.6                   -0.6

            The comparable jobless rate in Minnesota in September was 5.4 percent and nationwide it was 7.7 percent.


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