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Mitchell unemployment rate drops slightly

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation said the number of unemployed people in Mitchell stayed the same in June as it was in May: 370.

But because more people were in the workforce, the city's unemployment rate took a modest dip, dropping from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent, according to a report released Tuesday.

People are classified as unemployed if they do not have jobs, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks and are currently available for work.

People who were not working and were waiting to be recalled to jobs are also included as unemployed.

There were 8,810 people in the Mitchell workforce in May and that number increased to 8,915 in June.

The number of people with jobs increased from 8,440 in May to 8,545 in June.

Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Seasonal adjustment is a term for how employment levels undergo sharp fluctuations due to such seasonal events as changes in weather, reduced or expanded production, harvests, major holidays and the opening and closing of schools, according to the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Statewide, unemployment stayed the same from May and June. It was 4.6 percent both months, using numbers that were not seasonally adjusted.