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Unemployment rate falls again in Oct. for Green Bay metro area


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay metropolitan area's unemployment rate went down again in October, falling to 5.3% in Brown, Oconto and Kewaunee Counties.

That’s according to preliminary federal data released this afternoon by the state’s Workforce Development agency.  The houseold jobless survey showed a decline from 5.7% in September.

The not seasonally adjusted rates reported 2,300 private sector jobs lost.  The public sector, particulary local government added 1,400 jobs. 

La Crosse lost 800 jobs, and three other metros – Eau Claire, Appleton, and Racine – each lost 400 jobs or less.  The figures include both public and private positions.

Wausau had the biggest reported job gains for October, with a-thousand additions.

Janesville added 800 jobs, and Sheboygan and Oshkosh-Neenah had 100-to-200 jobs added. Madison and Fond du Lac reported no changes in their preliminary job figures, which are based on limited employer surveys and are subject to occasional large revisions.

The state also said Iron County was the only one to have an increase in its unadjusted unemployment rate from September to October. It rose one-tenth of a point to nine-point-one percent.

Rates fell in all 12 metros – and they ranged from seven-point-one percent in Janesville to four-point-one in the Madison area.