Unemployment rate down in most Wisconsin cities last month; up in most counties

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Local unemployment rates decreased in most major Wisconsin cities last month, but increased in most counties.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday that preliminary rates for November showed unemployment went down or remained the same in 23 of the state's 32 largest cities.

Racine had the highest rate at 8.4 percent, which was down from 9.1 percent in October. Caledonia had the lowest rate at 2.7 percent, unchanged from the previous month.

Unemployment rates were up in 57 of the state's 72 counties. The rates ranged from 2.7 percent in Pierce County to 10.3 percent in Menominee County.

The state unemployment rate in November was 5.2 percent, the lowest it's been since the Great Recession.

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