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75% of Wisconsin's metro areas lost jobs in December


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Metro Milwaukee lost an estimated 2,700 jobs in December.

State officials released preliminary job data Wednesday – and 9 of the state’s 12 metros either lost jobs or had steady employment from November.

The report said Eau Claire lost 1,300 jobs, Wausau 700, and Oshkosh-Neenah 500. Green Bay, Fond du Lac, Janesville, and Madison lost 500 jobs or fewer.

Sheboygan’s total employment was unchanged. The Appleton area gained an estimated 1,000 jobs, while Racine and La Crosse each added 200.

Jobless rates went up from November in all 12 metros. They ranged from 4.6 percent in Madison to 8.3 in Racine. Milwaukee’s rate went up two-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

All but two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw their actual unadjusted jobless rates go up in December.

Menominee County’s rate fell by 1.7 percent, and Kenosha by 0.2. The local job numbers are based on surveys of only a small percentage of employers.