ST. CLOUD - The unemployment rate in the St. Cloud metro area dropped nearly a full percent last month.

The latest numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development have the April unemployment rate at 6.6% -- down from 7.5% in March.  It's our lowest unemployment rate for April since it was at 5.5% in April of 2008.

We're also even with the state's unemployment rate, which is also 6.6%.  And we're much lower than the national unemployment rate of 8.7%.