ST. CLOUD - The unemployment rate in the St. Cloud metro area jumped a half-percent last month.

The latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development have our unemployment rate at 6.8%, compared to 6.3% in May.

Our unemployment rate is slightly higher than the state as a whole which is at 6.7%.  But it's still much lower than the nation which is at 9.2%.

Unemployment figures for other Minnesota Regional Centers:
Rochester area - 5.8%
Mankato area - 5.9%
Twin Cities area - 6.9%
Duluth area - 7.7%