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Unemployment rates up in all Wisconsin metro areas

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unemployment rates went up last month in all 12 of Wisconsin's metro areas.

State labor officials said Wednesday that Racine had the largest preliminary seasonally adjusted jobless rate for June at 6.7 percent, up six-tenths of a point from May. Janesville was at 6.9, and Metro Milwaukee was 6.7.

Madison traditionally has the state's lowest unemployment -- the same was true in June with a figure of 4.3 percent.

Preliminary totals show that Madison lost 1,200 jobs last month, while Milwaukee gained 8,300.

Also, 61 of the state's 72 counties had higher unemployment rates in June than in May.

Menominee County had the highest unadjusted rate at 17.8 percent. Dane and St. Croix counties were the lowest at 4.2.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)