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Urban Unemployment At Record Lows

Sunday, December 26th, 2021 -- 10:48 AM

(WMTV) -As statewide unemployment rates reach record low levels in Wisconsin, more refined statistics released this week find those figures are far lower in a vast majority of Wisconsin’s largest cities.

On Wednesday, the Dept. of Workforce Development released the preliminary November numbers for local communities, including the state’s metropolitan areas and rates for 34 of the 35 largest cities. The agency pointed out that 25 of those 34 cities are currently “experiencing record low unemployment for the month.” Previously, the agency reported the state added 10,000 new non-farm jobs last month, which helped drive the overall, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate to 3.0 percent. That tied November 2018 for the lowest ever recorded in the Badger State.

While the 3.0 percent figure is the benchmark for Wisconsin, more than two-thirds of the state’s largest cities recorded numbers a full percentage point lower or more in DWD’s local breakdowns, which are not seasonally adjusted. Additionally, forty counties fell below that 2.0 percent line.

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