Unemployment rises in half of major Wisconsin cities in December

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MADISON, Wisconsin — New data shows unemployment rates rose in half of Wisconsin's major cities last month.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday that preliminary rates for December showed unemployment rose in 16 cities and went down or remained the same in the state's 16 other major municipalities.

Racine had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent in November. Caledonia had the lowest at 2.4 percent, down from 2.7 percent in November.

Unemployment rose in 64 of the state's 72 counties in December.

The statewide unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, unchanged from November.

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