Local unemployment rates drop in most places
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Unemployment rates dropped in most Wisconsin cities and counties in October.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that rates dropped or stayed the same in 29 of the state's 32 largest cities between September and October. Unemployment dropped or remained the same in 55 of the state's 72 counties.
Racine has the highest unemployment rate at 11.7 percent in October. Beloit is second at 9.6 percent followed by Milwaukee at 9.3 percent.
Iron County has the highest unemployment rate at 12.1 percent. Menominee County has the second highest at 11.7 percent.
The statewide unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in October, which is less than the national rate of 7.3 percent.