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Beloit, Racine lead state in unemployment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Beloit and Racine continue to struggle with the highest unemployment of any Wisconsin city.

Figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Commerce show that in July Beloit leads all cities with 15.9 percent unemployment and Racine is second at 14.5 percent.

However, both cities had improved from their rates in June and from a year ago.

Department Secretary Roberta Gassman said the improved unemployment rates for cities across the state shows that the economy is slowly improving.

Unemployment rates for July were either lower or unchanged in all but five of Wisconsin’s 72 counties compared with last year. They were lower or unchanged in 28 of the 31 largest cities as well.

The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent. Local data is not seasonally adjusted.

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