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Jobless Rate Declines Across Southwest Wisconsin


It was another good month for the Badger State, as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released the latest local job figures for October. The report revealed a decline in unemployment rates across all 12 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) last month. 

Two statistical areas are located in the region, including the Janesville-Beloit and Madison areas. In Janesville-Beloit, unemployment dropped by 0.2 percent to 3.4 percent, and Madison saw a slightly larger drop of 0.2 percent to 2.5 percent. Madison’s rate is tied with La Crosse-Onalaska for lowest of any MSA. 

Overall, the state’s cities and counties had a positive month, as unemployment rates declined or went unchanged in all 35 major cities and all 72 counties. The full local employment report can be found here.

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