State unemployment rates drop
MADISON Unemployment rates decreased in Rock and 69 other Wisconsin counties in March, a trend typically seen as local economies come out of the winter doldrums.
Overall, the state unemployment rate in March was 7.6 percent, a decrease from the 8.2 percent rate posted in February and lower than 7.7 percent posted in March 2012, the state Department of Workforce Development reported.
In Rock County, also known as the Janesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the overall unemployment rate decreased from 9.8 percent in February to 9.1 percent in March.
In March 2012, the local rate was 9.3 percent.
February-to-March rates decreased in all 12 major metro areas in the state.
Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, all but one posted unemployment rate decreases.
Among counties, Rock had the 27th highest rate, while Dane County had the lowest at 5.1 percent. Walworth County had a February unemployment rate of 8.4 percent, while Green and Jefferson counties had rates of 7.4 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
Among individual cities, Janesville's rate of 9.6 percent was the 10th highest in the state. At 12.3 percent, Beloit was the second highest behind Racine's rate of 13.3 percent.