Jobless rates across the region
Brainerd's jobless rate was 8.6 percent in June. Most of the state's other 64 largest cities, with populations of 10,000 or more, were in the 3 percent and 4 percent range, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported....
Brainerd's jobless rate was 8.6 percent in June.
Most of the state's other 64 largest cities, with populations of 10,000 or more, were in the 3 percent and 4 percent range, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported. The city with the largest unemployment in the state in June was Hibbing at 9.9 percent. Other cities with the highest jobless rates included Virginia at 9.7 percent, Bemidji at 7.6 percent and Grand Rapids at 7 percent. More than half the state's largest cities had jobless rates less than 4 percent. North Mankato posted a June jobless rate of 2.8 percent for the lowest rate among the cities.
The Brainerd Micropolitan, which includes both Cass and Crow Wing counties, had a jobless rate of 5 percent in June for the lowest rate of the year. The Brainerd Micropolitan had the largest jobless rate of the state's 15 micropolitans, but not by much. Bemidji was a close second at 4.9 percent. Ten of the micropolitans posted unemployment rates below 4 percent.
Minnesota's unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 3.9 percent in June, a slight increase from previous months for the highest rate of the year to date but it matches the June 2014 rate. By comparison, the seasonally adjusted national jobless rate was 5.3 percent in June for the lowest rate of 2015.
In Crow Wing County, the jobless rate has been below double-digits since the winter of 2012. Cass County was the only one of the seven-county area to climb to a 10 percent unemployment rate in 2014. Cass County had back-to-back months from January through February with a jobless rate of 10.1 percent to 10.5 percent before it dropped. For the past two months all the counties in the region have been below 6 percent. Todd County has the lowest unemployment in the region, reaching a 2.8 jobless rate in October of 2014. It was the lowest jobless rate across the seven-county region for all of 2014. Until last year, Todd County hadn't posted a jobless rate below 3 percent since August of 2000.