— Unemployment is up in most major Wisconsin cities and
counties between January and February.
Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that
preliminary unemployment rates increased in 20 of the 32
largest cities and in 52 of 72 counties. The department says
it is not unusual to see an increase in the local
unemployment rates in the winter months because the numbers
are not adjusted for seasonal variances.
between January and February nearly all cities and counties
saw a spike in unemployment rates as well.
statewide unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in February,
lower than the national average of 5.5 percent and the
lowest it's been in Wisconsin since July 2008.
the highest unemployment rate for a city in February at 7.9