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Northwoods Jobless Rate Holds Steady At Beginning Of Summer



The state's unemployment rate continues to remain very low.

The most recent numbers from the Department of Workforce Development show unemployment rates declined or stayed the same over the year in 47 of Wisconsin's 72 counties.

Mitchell Rupp is a state labor economist based in Wausau.

He outlines the Northwoods numbers...

"...For May, the unemployment rates are...Forest 4.3, Langlade 3.0, Lincoln 2.7, Oneida 3.0, and Vilas 3.0...."

The largest over-the- year decrease of 1.1 percent occurred in Iron County where May's rate was 4.2 percent compared to 5.3 percent a year earlier. Price county is at 3.1 percent down a few ticks from a year ago. Forest county saw a decrease of one percent from April and is close to last year's level. At 3 percent, Vilas county's rate is about one percentage point down from a year ago. Oneida's is unchanged from a year ago, also at 3 percent. Langlade county is also at 3 percent, down about half of one point from last year and Lincoln county is nearly identical to a year ago.

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