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Local unemployment rates drop in state’s cities, counties

MADISON — Unemployment rates dropped last month in all of Wisconsin’s largest cities and in most counties.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that rates decreased between March and April in the state’s 32 largest cities. The rates also went down in all but three counties.

The only counties that saw increases were Forest, Menominee and Iron. Menominee and Iron counties, at 10.2 percent and 10.8 percent, had the highest unemployment rates statewide.

Dane County was lowest at 2.9 percent.

Racine had the highest unemployment of any city at 6.8 percent, while Fitchburg was lowest at 2.9 percent.

The local rates aren’t seasonally adjusted so they’re not comparable to the state unemployment rate, which stood at 4.4 percent in April.

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