Unemployment increases in most Wisconsin cities, counties last month

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Unemployment rates increased in most Wisconsin counties and 31 of the state's 32 largest cities in May.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures Wednesday.

Unemployment rates increased in 41 out of 72 counties. Menominee County was the highest at 10.9 percent, while Dane County was lowest at 3.4 percent.

Racine had the highest unemployment rate last month at 7.4 percent, which was up from 7 percent in April. The second highest was Milwaukee at 6.9 percent followed by Beloit at 6.8 percent.

The lowest city unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in Fitchburg.

The local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and therefore not comparable to the state unemployment rate which was 4.6 percent in May. The national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

This story has been corrected to show that unemployment rates were up in 31 instead of 30 of Wisconsin's 32 largest cities, that Racine's unemployment rate was up instead of down from April and that the lowest city unemployment rate was 3.4 percent instead of 2.9 percent and was in Fitchburg but not also in Madison and Sun Prairie.

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