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Unemployment drops locally, statewide

Unemployment across Wisconsin has hit a 17-year low, according to labor figures released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.

Statewide, preliminary seasonally adjusted figures for March put Wisconsin's unemployment rate at 3.4 percent, down 0.3 points from February.

Rates of unemployment decreased in Wisconsin's 32 largest municipalities. In Superior, unemployment dropped to 4.4 percent in March, down from 5.1 percent in February and 5.2 percent in March of last year.

Unemployment also declined in all 72 Wisconsin counties, dropping from 6.3 percent in February by a full point to 5.3 percent in March. A year ago in March, the unemployment rate for Douglas County was 6.5 percent.

Continuing unemployment claims ended 2016 at their lowest level since 1973, according to DWD.

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