ST. CLOUD - The unemployment rate in the St. Cloud metro area dipped to its lowest level in a year.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says the unemployment rate in October was at 2.9 percent. That's down from the 3.1 percent we had in September.

We also had a 2.9 percent unemployment rate in October of last year.

Our unemployment rate is better than the statewide average of 3.7 percent, and also the national average of five percent.