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Northwoods Unemployment Rates Drop

27 Sep News

Northwoods counties followed a statewide trend with unemployment numbers dropping from July to August.

After a steep jump in previous months, Lincoln County’s unemployment rate fell by a full percentage point down to 9.4%. At the same time last year it was 9.3%.

The preliminary unemployment estimates were released yesterday by the Department of Workforce Development. Nearly every county in the state saw the figures go down in the latest report.

Other counties in the region also saw a drop, although not as significant as Lincoln County’s. Oneida and Langlade County’s each fell a half a point. Most northwoods counties still remain in the upper half statewide. Dane County has the lowest rate in the state at just over 5% and Menominee the highest at almost 22%.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary unemployment estimates are based on Unemployment Insurance claims and a monthly survey called the Local Area Unemployment Statistics. The county specific numbers also can be skewed due to people who live in one county and work in another.