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Jobless rate going up, still better than '12 level
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The unemployment rate ticked up in Langlade County, and across the northwoods, between October and November.

According to figures from the state Department of Workforce Development, rates increased in 53 of 72 counties between October and November. Unemployment also went up in 14 of the 32 largest cities.

In Langlade County, the rate climbed to 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent a month earlier. Thatís still a bit better than the 7.9 percent reported in November, 2012.

Oneida posted a rate of 7.7 percent, up .8 percent from a month earlier, while Forest was at 8.1 percent, up .2 percent. Shawano remained a regional leader at 6.5 percent, up from 6.2 percent, and Lincoln, 7.2 percent, up from 7 percent in October.

Iron County has the highest unemployment rate at 13.2 percent. Menominee County has the second highest at 10.7 percent.

The lowest rates were found in Pierce and St. Croix counties, which serve as a suburb of the Twin Cities, at 3.4 percent and 3.7 percent. Dane County, home to the state capital, posted a rate of 4.0 percent.

Among large cities, Racine has the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent, followed by Milwaukee and Beloit, both at 9.4 percent. Wausau reported an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent; Stevens Point, 6.3 percent; and Superior, 4.87 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November, which is less than the national rate of 7 percent.


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This chart, provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, illustrates unemployment rates across the Badger State in November, the most recent month for which statistics are available.
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