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Jobless rate lower for some Wisconsin metro areas

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Unemployment went down slightly in half of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas last month. State officials said yesterday that the actual, un-adjusted jobless figures ranged from 7.6-percent in Racine to 4-percent in Madison. Both those cities had a one-tenth-of-one-percent decline in unemployment from November.

Decreases were also reported in Milwaukee, Wausau, Oshkosh-Neenah, and Sheboygan.

Unemployment rose slightly in the La Crosse, Fond du Lac, and Eau Claire areas.

Rates stayed the same in Appleton, Green Bay, and Janesville.

Metro Milwaukee's new jobless rate is 6.2-percent, down three-tenths from the month before. Preliminary figures showed that the Milwaukee area added 3,000 jobs in December -- almost half the state's total of 6,200 new jobs.

Fifty of Wisconsin's 72 counties had increases in their unadjusted jobless rates in December. Iron County had the highest figure of 13.3-percent.