Wisconsin’s unemployment rate moved up in January, with the unadjusted jobless figure increasing to 5.5 percent, a gain of 0.9 percent over December.
The state unemployment rate was slightly above the federal figure of 5.4 percent. Last month, the Wisconsin unemployment rate trailed the national rate by 0.2 percent.
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman called the rising jobless numbers “fairly typical” for this time of year. She cited the harsh winter weather, school breaks and the “usual dip in seasonal retail employment.
The Madison area had the lowest metropolitan unemployment rate for January at at 3.9 percent, followed by La Crosse at 4.7 percent. Racine had the highest rate at 6.6 percent.
See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=120019