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Joblessness nudges upward in Superior, Douglas County

Unemployment rose slightly in Superior and Douglas County in October, but remained lower than it was one year earlier, according to data released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Unemployment rose slightly in Superior and Douglas County in October, but remained lower than it was one year earlier, according to data released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

"Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates are down in every metro area, nearly every major city and all but five counties," Secretary Roberta Gassman said. "We are encouraged by signs of recovery, but we have more work to do to help job seekers across the state find employment."

Nine metropolitan areas had no change from rates the previous month, and all 12 metro areas had lower rates than their October 2009 rates. Of 72 counties, 32 had lower rates or no change from September. Compared to October 2009 rates, 67 had lower rates and one had no change.

Of the 31 largest cities, 15 had lower rates or no change from September. Compared to a year ago, none had increases. Twenty-nine had lower rates compared to October 2009, while Eau Claire and Stevens Point had no change.

Fourteen counties had lower rates and another 18 had no change from September. Of the 67 counties with lower rates compared to one year ago, two counties, Green Lake and Rock, each had a decrease of 2.0 percent with Green Lake County's rate declining to 7.4 percent, and Rock County's rate, to 9.5 percent.

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In Douglas County, joblessness rose 0.5 percentage points between September and October. Superior's unemployment rate rose 0.4 percentage points. Both were still an improvement over the 7.7 percent unemployment rate in Superior and Douglas County.

Joblessness stood at 6.9 percent in Douglas County and 7.1 percent in Superior last month.

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