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Unemployment Down, But Remains Higher Than Rest Of State


Unemployment rates in the Northwoods remain among some of the highest in the state, but all the rates are below what they were one year ago.

The state released the local unemployment rates this week. In the Northwoods, Vilas county has the fifth-highest rate at 10.2 percent, followed by Iron county at 10.1, Forest county is at 9.3, Oneida 8.3, Langlade 7.4, Lincoln 6.4 and Price county at 5.7 percent.

State economist Beau Gellings in Wausau says in the Northwoods counties, the unemployment levels are down one to two points from last year's level...

"....and we can see as we approach summer, we go through this cycle where the unemployment rate will tend to decrease as we get more people in the workforce...."

March unemployment rates decreased in all 72 counties. Menominee county had the state's highest rate at 11.3 percent. Dane county had the state's lowest rate at 3.6 percent. 17 counties had an unemployment rate below five percent, including Marathon county. Most were in the southern and western parts of the state.

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