Area counties generally saw a drop in jobless rates last month.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reports the July jobless rate in Kandiyohi County was 4.7 percent, down 1.1 percent from June.

Other county rates include:

Chippewa                     4.8       -0.7

Meeker                        4.5       -1.0

Pope                            4.6       -0.3

Swift                           5.9       +0.3

Renville                       5.2       -1.3

Lac qui Parle                4.1       -0.8

Yellow Medicine            4.3       -0.8

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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