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Jobless numbers for February released, Wausau unemployment up slighty


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Six of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas added jobs in February, compared to January.

State workforce development officials said today that Madison had the largest job gains by far, with an estimated 65-hundred jobs added on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The Eau Claire region gained an estimated 16-hundred jobs. Smaller gains were reported in Appleton, Milwaukee, Oshkosh-Neenah, and La Crosse. Green Bay had the largest estimated job losses with around 700. Smaller losses were reported in Sheboygan, Racine, Wausau, Fond du Lac, and Janesville.

The report says Wausau lost about 200 jobs month to month and 400 year to year. Unemployment in the Wausau metro stands at 8.4 percent, up .1 percent from a year ago.

Ten of the 12 metros saw their unadjusted unemployment rates go up in March. Eau Claire and La Crosse held steady from February. Racine had the highest metro jobless rate at nine-point-eight percent. Madison had the lowest at five-point-nine.

All but 11 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties had increases in unemployment from February. Menominee County has the highest rate at 15-percent. Dane County is the lowest at five-and-a-half. The job numbers and unemployment rates are based on only small surveys of employers and individuals.