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Good news on unemployment numbers

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An encouraging drop in the unemployment rate in Wadena County was mixed with some disappointing food support numbers in the May recession report from the county's human services department.

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Unemployment fell from 12 percent in March to 9.9 percent in April. Unemployment was at 11 percent in April 2009.

The drop in unemployment is certainly good news, said Human Services Director Paul Sailer.

An increase in food support numbers from 709 households in March to 727 in April was disappointing, however, he said. The county hoped a drop in the numbers last month would continue. The decrease in households using food support in March was the first time those numbers had dropped since human services began compiling its recession report in early 2009. The numbers had been on a steady increase throughout the year.

They won't know for a couple of months now whether the food support numbers will stabilize or continue to increase, Sailer said.

He will be surprised if there isn't some drop in those numbers now that it is well into spring and there is more work, he said.

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