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Unemployment at low point of 2009

An October unemployment number of 8.4 percent is down a little from September, which had a rate of 8.8 percent, according to the Wadena County Social Services Recession Watch. It is the lowest unemployment so far in 2009 in the county.

The number is still above the state average at 6.9 percent in October, said Paul Sailer, the county's human services director.

The county's caseload continues to grow, he said. The unduplicated case count was 1,757 in October of this year compared to 1,582 a year earlier. The food support program also continues to grow with 653 households receiving support compared to 632 in September. Last year 504 households received food support in October. The numbers have grown dramatically since October 2006 when food support covered 392 households.

The worst unemployment numbers are typically in winter, Sailer said. He hopes the December, January and February unemployment numbers are down from last year. Wadena County unemployment hit 13.6 percent in March 2009.