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Unemployment rates fell in most Wisconsin counties, metro areas

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Unemployment rates are down in all 12 Wisconsin metro areas. 

That's what state labor officials said Wednesday. 

Unadjusted, actual jobless rates range from 4.5 percent in Madison to 7.9 percent in Racine.

Unemployment also fell in all but three of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Monroe and Menominee counties were unchanged, while Bayfield was the only county where joblessness rose from the previous month. 

County rates ranged from 4 percent in St. Croix, near Minnesota's Twin Cities, to 16.7 percent at the home of the Menominee Indian reservation. 

Appleton, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Wausau were the only metros to have fewer jobs in August than July. Those figures are seasonally adjusted, but are based on surveys of only 3.5 percent of employers. 

The most accurate report is the Labor Department's quarterly job census, which is due out Thursday. The last report showed that about 60 percent of states saw their jobs at a faster pace than Wisconsin as of the end of 2012. 

Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker told his Small Business Summit in Stevens Point Wednesday that almost 11,600 new businesses were created in the state since he took office.