Counties Show Lower Unemployment as January Numbers Are Released

By: Rebecca Czaplewski
By: Rebecca Czaplewski

The employment picture seems to be improving in Wisconsin.

Department of Workforce Development Officials said Wednesday that 69 of 72 counties in the state had lower unemployment rates in January than at the same time last year.

But the rates are still high in many counties. In 37 counties, the rates were more than seven-percent. Dane County had the lowest unemployment rate in January at three-percent. The state's overall unemployment in January was six-percent, which was not seasonally adjusted.

A DWD official says many of the higher rates could be attributed to seasonal drops in work in January, although seven of the state's 11 metro areas showed increases in overall industry employment.

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