Brainerd shows a decline in jobless rate but is back on top of the state’s large cities for the highest unemployment.
At 9 percent, Brainerd led all cities with populations of 10,000 or more, with the highest jobless rate in the state.
The other perennial contender for highest jobless rate, Bemidji, had an October jobless rate of 7.3 percent.
On the other end of the scale, Moorhead had a jobless rate of 2.3 percent in October.
The Brainerd Micropolitan, covering Cass and Crow Wing counties, had an October jobless rate of 5.5 percent — meaning 2,511 people are without jobs from the labor force of 45,377. The most recently released numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) show decreases in the jobless rate across the seven-county region.
In September, the jobless rate for the Brainerd Micropolitan was 5.8 percent. The micropolitan hasn’t posted numbers this low since it hit an unemployment of 4.7 percent in October of 2007.
Brainerd’s unemployment rate rose from 9.3 percent in August to 9.7 percent in September before dropping to 9 percent in October. The latest numbers continue Brainerd’s single digit jobless rate stretch to six months. If this pattern continues, the county will match a stretches of single-digit jobless rates not seen since 2006 and 2007, before the Great Recession began.