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Wausau has third highest jobless rate in state


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The unemployment rate in the Wausau metro area went down in July despite fewer jobs.

The state workforce development department reported the seasonally unadjusted jobless rate fell from 8.7 percent in June to 8.3 percent last month even as the service and government sectors each lost a thousand jobs. A year ago, the metro area’s jobless rate was 8.9 percent.

But the city of Wausau still had the state’s third highest local unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, down from 12.4 percent in June. Beloit had the highest jobless rate of any city at 15.9 percent.

Wisconsin’s jobless rate of 7.8 percent in July was below the seasonally adjusted national rate of 9.5 percent.