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In December, Minnesota's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, its lowest rate since August 2008.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.8 percent .

In Becker County, the December unemployment rate (none of the county rates are seasonally adjusted) was 6.1 percent, down from 6.6 percent a year ago.

The rate in Otter Tail County in December was 6.1 percent, down from 6.2 percent a year ago.

In Hubbard County the rate was 9.1 percent, down from 9.6 a year ago.