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Jobless rates climb in March

Douglas County's unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent in March, according to figures released Wednesday the the Department of Workforce Development. Superior's rate was slightly lower at 8.9 percent.

Douglas County's unemployment rate rose to 9.5 percent in March, according to figures released Wednesday the the Department of Workforce Development. Superior's rate was slightly lower at 8.9 percent.

While the city remains slightly under the national average of 9 percent and state average of 9.4 percent, Douglas County's overall jobless rate was higher than both.

The unemployment rate in Superior rose 0.6 percentage points from February, and 3.6 points from this time last year. Douglas County's rate rose 0.7 points from February and four points since last March.

Last month, unemployment rates increased in 64 of 72 Wisconsin counties, decreased in five, and remained the same in three. Dane County recorded the lowest rate, 6.0 percent, followed by Eau Claire County and La Crosse County at 7.4 percent. The highest rates were recorded in Rusk and Taylor Counties, at 16.6 percent and 14.3 percent respectively.

"Wisconsin counties and local areas, like the state, are feeling the impact of the global economic challenges facing everyone," said Roberta Gassman, secretary of the Department of Workforce Development.

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