The unemployment rate in Itasca County is higher than in most of Minnesota according to figures released recently by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The seasonally unadjusted rate for November in Itasca County was 6.4%. The overall rate for the state was 4.6% as opposed to the national rate of 7% for November. The numbers released by DEED show that Itasca County has a workforce of 23 thousand and that about fourteen hundred are without work.