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Rock County unemployment increases to 10.8 percent

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GINA R. HEINE
July 22, 2010
— Rock County’s unemployment increased slightly in June and remains as Wisconsin’s only metropolitan area in the double digits.

Rock County, also known as the Janesville-Beloit Metropolitan Statistical Area, recorded an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent last month, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development. That’s up from 10.4 percent in May.


But the 10.8 percent compares to 13.2 percent a year ago.


“That’s to me … pretty good news,” said Dennis Winters, chief labor economist for the state. “Things are a bit on the mend. Would we like to see it go faster than it is? Sure. We think this recovery will continue at a slow but steady (pace).”


Seasonally adjusted numbers show Rock County lost 100 jobs in June while the unadjusted numbers show the area added 700 jobs. The adjusted number takes into account jobs that are seasonally expected to be added or lost, Winters said.


The city of Janesville’s unemployment rate for June is 11.1 percent. Beloit leads the state with 16.5 percent. Beloit’s rate is up 0.6 percent from May, but down 2.2 percent from 2009.


Statewide the unemployment rate in June was 7.9 percent.


Of the state’s 72 counties, unemployment rates increased in 60 counties and improved or stayed the same in the others.


State officials said the June increases are expected as students finish the school year and enter the job market.


“Statewide, every June over the past 10 years experienced an unemployment rate increase without seasonal adjustment,” DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman said. “Even so, too many hard-working Wisconsinites remain out of work, and we will continue doing everything we can to help them find good-paying jobs.”



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