Area, state unemployment rates increased in February

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staff, Gazette
Thursday, April 4, 2013

— Unemployment rates increased in Rock and 60 other Wisconsin counties in February, a trend state officials said Wednesday is typical in winter.

Overall, the state unemployment rate in February was 8.2 percent, an increase from the 8 percent rate posted in January and higher than 8 percent posted in February 2012, the state Department of Workforce Development reported.

In Rock County, the overall unemployment rate increased from 9.5 percent in January to 9.8 percent in February. In February 2012, the local rate was 9.7 percent.

In a news release, the department said unemployment rates typically hit their highest levels during winter months, particularly when they are not seasonally adjusted.

Of the 12 major metro areas in the state, January-to-February rates increased in 10. Green Eau Claire and La Crosse had no changed in their unemployment rates.

Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, rates jumped in 20, while seven had rates decrease and five were unchanged.

Among counties, Rock reported the 25th highest rate, while Dane County had the lowest at 5.6 percent. Walworth County had a January unemployment rate of 9 percent, while Green and Jefferson counties had rates of 7.8 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.

Among individual cities, Janesville’s rate of 10.2 percent was the eighth highest in the state. At 13.3 percent, Beloit was the second highest behind Racine’s rate of 13.4 percent.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and are based on a survey of 1,450 households.

Last updated: 10:29 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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