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Area jobless rate returns to normal year-end pattern

9:01 PM, Jan. 23, 2013
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The December local unemployment report looks normal for the first time since the 2007-09 recession: a slight increase from November to December and unchanged from a year ago.

"It is phenomenally normal," said Jeff Sachse, regional labor analyst. "The rate as it stands now is probably stable in the long term, barring a massive improvement."

The preliminary December jobless rate for the Green Bay MSA, which includes Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto counties, was 6.1 percent, compared to 5.7 percent in November and 6.2 percent in December 2011. The state Department of Workforce Development said ...

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