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La Crosse October unemployment rates down

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The latest job numbers show unemployment rates in the La Crosse area are the lowest they've been all year.

The study, by the Department of Workforce Development, showed more than 3,000 people in the La Crosse area have gotten jobs since the beginning of 2012.

In October 2012, unemployment rates have dropped to 3,437. That number is down from October 2011 when unemployment sat at 3,924.

During October 2009, unemployment numbers were as high as 4,950.

Beth Sullivan, director of development at Workforce Connections, said despite that drop in unemployment, the number of people visiting the job center has remained steady.

She attributes that to seasonal hiring. Sullivan said the labor force picks up during the summer and during holidays.

"So, perhaps if there was a mother who was staying home with kids and wanted some extra money for the holidays, they would come in and look for a seasonal job," Sullivan said.

With the job center averaging more than 1,000 visitors each month, Sullivan hopes she can make La Crosse's rising employment rate rise even higher.

"That is our hope for the job seekers. We really want to set them on a path to self-sufficiency and a career that they would love to have," Sullivan said.

Another reason why the number of people visiting the job center is steady, if a person is on unemployment, he or she needs to go to a session at the center to learn how to do a job search, Sullivan said.

If a person does not go to a session, his or her unemployment check could be withheld, she added.

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