Local unemployment edges up

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Gazette staff
Thursday, December 26, 2013

MADISON—The unemployment rate in the Janesville metro area edged up in November by one-tenth of a percentage point.

Unemployment rates showed similar October-to-November increases in eight of the state's 12 metro areas, the Department of Workforce Development reported.

The department said the November rate for Rock County—also known as the Janesville Metropolitan Statistical Area—was 7 percent, up from the 6.9 percent reported for October but below the 7.7 percent tallied in November 2012.

The department's preliminary November report showed 64,600 people employed in the Janesville Statistical Area in November, an increase of 800 from October and 1,400 more than in November 2012.

The state unemployment rate in November was 5.8 percent, an increase from the 5.7 percent in October but a decrease from 6.2 percent in November 2012.

Racine remained the leader in unemployment among the state's 12 municipal statistical areas.

Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, unemployment rates decreased or stayed the same in 18 of them.

Among the state's 72 counties, Rock County had the 23rd-highest rate. St. Croix County had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent.

Walworth County had a November unemployment rate of 5.9 percent, up from 5.7 percent in October.

Green County's rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent. Jefferson County's increased in November to 5.9 percent, compared with 5.7 percent in October.

Dane County remained unchanged at 4 percent.

Rates either declined or stayed the same in 19 of the state's 72 counties.

Among individual cities, Janesville's rate of 7.7 percent in November was the seventh highest in the state. Beloit had the second-highest rate among Wisconsin cities in November, at 9.4 percent. Racine had the highest rate, 11.2 percent.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Last updated: 4:49 pm Thursday, December 26, 2013

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