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Statewide jobs grow but joblessness up locally

MADISON - Wisconsin added 4,900 jobs in March, but unemployment remained on the rise in Superior and Douglas County in spite of those gains, according to data released by the Department of Workforce Development today.

MADISON - Wisconsin added 4,900 jobs in March, but unemployment remained on the rise in Superior and Douglas County in spite of those gains, according to data released by the Department of Workforce Development today.

Superior's jobless rate rose to 9.2 in March, up from 8.7 percent in February and slightly higher than the 9 percent reported 12 months earlier. Countywide, unemployment rose to 9.9 percent up from 9.4 percent in February and 9.5 percent a year ago.

Superior's rank among 31 Wisconsin cities remained unchanged at 19. Beloit in southern Wisconsin had the highest unemployment rate at 18.2 percent. Douglas County ranked 50th among Wisconsin's 72 counties.

Job gains were reported in 11 of the state's 12 metropolitan areas, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today. The job gains underscore the state's continued economic recovery.

The metropolitan statistical areas of Madison, Green Bay and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis added the most jobs, labor force statistics show.

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"As we continue to progress through 2010, we are seeing signs of economic recovery in many areas" Gassman said. "Every major region in Wisconsin gained jobs in March - a welcome sign of continued economic recovery."

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