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Unemployment rises in all 72 Wisconsin counties

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Unemployment rates increased in all 72 Wisconsin counties from December to January. 

The state numbers released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development were not seasonally adjusted. They range from 5.5% in Dane County to 15.0% in Menominee County.

La Crosse County had one of the lowest rates despite the increase at 6.3%. December's figure was 4.9%.  One year ago, the count had a rate of 5.9%.

Other area counties reported the following for January:

Trempealeau County - 6.8%

Vernon County - 7.8%

Monroe County - 8.0%

Jackson County - 9.6%


The DWD also breaks down numbers by so-called metropolitan statistical areas. All 12 areas saw unemployment rise between 1% and 2% since last month. However, compared to the same period last year, the Sheboygan area was the only region that saw a decrease, of 0.1%.

La Crosse saw a 1.5% increase in unemployment between the two months, from 5.1% in December to 6.6% in January.  The rate was 6.3% in January, 2012.

The state's unemployment rate increased from 6.7% to 7%, but remains below the national rate of 7.9%.

The data are based on monthly unemployment insurance claims and a survey of about 1,450 households. The numbers are subject to significant revision.

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