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Beloit, Racine have highest unemployment rates in state

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New state statistics show Beloit and Racine have the highest unemployment rate among Wisconsin’s cities, but are better off than last year.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that Beloit leads the state with 16.5 percent unemployment in June. That’s up 0.6 percent from last month, but down 2.2 percent from 2009. Racine’s unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in June to 14.3 percent, down 1.7 percent from the same time last year.

Statewide the unemployment rate in June was 7.9 percent.

Of the state’s 72 counties, unemployment rates increased in 60 counties and improved or stayed the same in the others.

Dane County had the best figure at 5.7 percent. The worst was Menominee County at 17.1 percent.

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