State unemployment rates had big increase in January
Reflecting the post-holiday doldrums, January unemployment rates jumped markedly in all 12 Wisconsin metro areas, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Development.
Overall, the state unemployment rate in January was 8 percent, significantly higher than the 6.6 percent rate posted in December and above the 7.7 percent posted in January 2012, the department reported Wednesday.
In Rock County, the overall unemployment rate increased from 7.9 percent in December to 9.5 percent in January. In January 2012, the local rate was 9.4 percent.
In a news release, the department said unemployment rates typically hit their highest levels during winter months, particularly when they are not seasonally adjusted.
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