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Unemployment rates go down in all metro areas across Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unemployment rates went down last month in all 12 Wisconsin metro areas. State labor officials released the local data this afternoon.

Seasonally-adjusted jobless rates for April ranged from five-point-two percent in Madison to nine-point-one percent in Racine. Actual unadjusted rates had similar variances.

Despite the lower rates, 10 of the 12 metros reported lower job totals than a month ago. State officials blamed inaccurate employer surveys that only in which only three-and-a-half percent of firms provided data.

Fond du Lac and Racine were the only two metros reporting an increase in employment, each with 100 additional jobs.

The report said Metro Milwaukee lost 47-hundred jobs last month.

All but five of Wisconsin’s 72 counties reported lower unadjusted unemployment rates than March.

The local rates went up in Menominee, Price, and Calumet counties – and they held steady in Iron and Langlade counties.

County rates ranged from four-point-nine percent in Dane, to 15-point-six in Menominee.