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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The unemployment rate for the Rochester area has now been below 2% for the last six months.

The latest job statistics from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show the jobless rate for Olmsted County in September was only 1.5%. Seasonal factors helped push the rate lower by three-percentage points when compared to August. It was the lowest the rate has been since May and was nearly a full percentage point below the unemployment rate from September of last year.

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It was not the lowest rate in the region. Dodge and Houston counties both reported jobless rates of 1.4% last month. The highest unemployment rates in southeastern Minnesota were found in Goodhue and Mower counties at 1.7%. Every county in the region reported lower unemployment rates in September. Dodge and Winona counties were tied for having the biggest month-to-month drop at half a percentage point.

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