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Jobless rate rises to 6.9 % in Dec.

1:30 PM, Feb. 3, 2014  |  Comments
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Oconto County Reporter

Unemployment in Oconto County rose to 6.9 percent in December, the highest in the second half of 2012.

That's up from 6.5 percent in November, but down from 7.5 percent in December 2012, according to the Department of Workforce Development.

According to DWD statistics, the number of unemployed residents of Oconto County increased 84 to 1,403, while the number of people working declined 143 to 18,787.

A year earlier, the number of people working was 18,450, while the unemployed was estimated at 1,504.

Unemployment was between 8.2 and 9.6 percent the first four months of 2013, and has been below 7 percent since. Rates in 2012 followed a similar pattern, starting off the year at 9.8 percent and slowly dropped to below 8 percent in May and 7 percent in August.

The jobless rate increased from November to December in 53 out of the state's 72 counties, including Forest, Marinette and Shawano counties. It was down a half-point in Menominee County to 10.1 percent - the fourth highest in the state - and stayed the same in Langlade and Brown counties.

The Green Bay MSA - the metropolitan statistical area that includes Oconto County - stayed the same at 5.3 percent. The Madison MSA was the lowest at 4.0 percent, with Racine the highest at 7.6 percent. All of the MSAs recorded lower rates than a year earlier.

The highest rates were in Iron County (13.3), Bayfield (11.2) and Vilas (10.7). The lowest were in Dane (3.8), Pierce (4.0) and Calumet (4.1).

Statewide, the preliminary rate was 6.7 percent for December, down from the 7 percent in November.

The state figures are estimates provide by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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