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Up slightly, but St. Croix, Pierce counties continue with low jobless rates

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 Third best. That was St. Croix’s unemployment rate among Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Pierce County was right behind.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced preliminary January  unemployment rates for the state.

 At 5.1%, St. Croix County’s rate is the third lowest in the state. St. Croix’s rate for January is higher than December’s final rate of 4.2% and November’s rate of 3.7%.

One year ago, St. Croix’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.1%.

The DWD said jobless rates increased in all 72 counties between December and January. Jobless rates between December and January also increased in all of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents. But compared to a year ago, rates declined in each of the 32 largest communities.

In January, Dane County (Madison area) had the lowest rate in January at 4.3%, followed by Calumet (4.8%), St. Croix (5.1%), La Crosse and Ozaukee (5.2%), and Pierce at (5.4%).

Iron County (13.5%) had the highest unemployment rate in January, followed by Bayfield (12.7%), Door (11.7%), Sawyer (11.4%), and Vilas (11.3%).

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington Minn./Wis. metro area. The Twin Cities reported an unemployment rate of 5.1%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 6%.