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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Seasonal factors contributed to an increase in the unemployment rate for the Rochester area last month.

The latest data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows the jobless rate for Olmsted County rose 7-tenths of a percentage point from May to 3.7 percent in June. That's down from the 8.6 percent rate a year ago as the impact of the pandemic shut down was causing hundreds of thousands of layoffs in Minnesota and elsewhere. It's also 8-tenths of a percentage point above the rate from June 2019.

Seasonal factors also pushed up unemployment rates throughout southeastern Minnesota. The highest rate was reported in Freeborn County, which also experienced the steepest increase, with its jobless rate jumping 9-percentage points to 4.4 percent. The lowest rate in the region was 3.3 percent in Fillmore County.

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