Some parts of Wisconsin have hit unemployment levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930's due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The most recent unemployment numbers are from April. At the peak of the Great Depression in 1933, the national unemployment level reached 24.9 percent. Some areas of the Northwoods have exceeded that number.
State labor economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau gives us the latest jobless numbers...
"Forest, 16.7(percent unemployed), Langlade 14.1, Lincoln 14.3, Oneida 20.1, and Vilas 21.4..."
In the region, those numbers were 10-20 points higher than one month earlier. Price county's rate in April was 17 percent and in Iron county the rate was the state's second highest at 26.2 percent.
Rupp says the multi-county north central region unemployment rate is 14.5 which is close to the 14.6 percent rate for the entire state of Wisconsin.
More detailed information on the state's economy is at the website wisconomy. com