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Local unemployment rates drop in most Wisconsin counties, cities

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and cities.

The state Department of Workforce Development reports Wednesday that preliminary rates for March are down in all but three of the state's largest 32 cities. Unemployment was unchanged in Mount Pleasant and it increased in Menomonee Falls and Racine.

Similarly, rates are down in all but six of Wisconsin's 72 counties.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted, are subject to revision and can vary widely from month to month.

Statewide, unemployment last month was 5.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008.

Racine continues to have the highest unemployment rate for any city, increasing from 11.5 percent to 11.8 percent. Beloit is second at 10.3 percent, which was down from 10.6 percent in February.

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