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Area Unemployment Rates Climb in January

22 Mar News

Northwoods Counties saw an increase in their unemployment rate in January, mirroring a statewide trend.

The Department of Workforce Development released the figures earlier this week for the month of January. Statewide the unemployment rate rose from 6.6% in December to 8% in January.

This includes the rates rising in each individual county in Wisconsin. Consistent with recent numbers, the counties in northern Wisconsin occupy the upper half of the 72 counties.

Lincoln County’s rate rose from 8.9% to 11% in January, placing it with the 11th highest rate. Oneida County figures are at 11.6% and Vilas County 13%. Those rates are all up from January 2012 as well.

According to the DWD “unemployment rates typically are at their highest levels during the winter months. This is especially true of seasonally unadjusted local rates,” which these figures are.

The BLS preliminary unemployment estimates for cities, counties and metro areas are based on Unemployment Insurance claims and a monthly survey of 1,450 Wisconsin households (0.06 percent), called the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS).