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Langlade County posted mixed results in the latest jobless numbers released by the state’s Department of Workforce Development this week.

The county’s unemployment rate fell between June and July, to 7.7 percent, a full 1 percent lower then a year ago.

But after being a northwoods leader in employment for months, the county is now sagging behind much of the region, with the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state.

According to the state figures, the highest jobless rate was in Menominee County, 18.3 percent, followed by Iron, 10.1 percent; Ashland, 8.6 percent; Forest, 8 percent; and Racine, 7.7 percent. Langlade was next.

The lowest figures were reported by Dane County, 4 percent; followed by Pierce and St. Croix, 4.2 percent; Iowa, 4.3 percent; and Calumet and Trempealeau, 4.5 percent each.

Regionally, Marathon County was the employment leader, with a rate of 5.5 percent, down from 5.8 percent in June. Shawano was next at 5.7 percent, down from 6.3 percent a month earlier; and Oneida, 6.3 percent, down from 6.9 percent.

Vilas was next at 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent, followed by Lincoln, 7.4 percent, a rate that ticked up from 7.2 percent a month earlier.

Langlade and Forest rounded out the list.

According to the state agency, unemployment rates fell in 22 of the state’s 32 largest cities compared with June.

Rates were unchanged in La Crosse, New Berlin and Wausau and rose slightly in Brookfield, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Racine and Superior. Racine had the highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent followed by Milwaukee at 9.4 percent. Caledonia had the lowest at 3.3 percent.

Unemployment rates fell in 63 of 72 counties, remained unchanged in four counties and rose in five counties.

The state’s overall unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.


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