Unemployment rates increase slightly


Leader Staff

Unemployment in Shawano County ticked up slightly in November from the previous month, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Shawano County’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in November compared to 6.2 percent in October. Those figures are still better than November 2012, when the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent.

Menominee County saw its unemployment rate improve from October to November, easing to 10.7 percent from 11.8 percent. Menominee County’s unemployment rate in November 2012 was 14.1 percent.

However, the county still holds the No. 2 spot in state rankings of counties with the highest unemployment, second only to Iron County, which recorded a 13.2 percent unemployment rate in November.

Most other counties in the region also saw an uptick unemployment in November, including Oconto County, where the unemployment rates in October and November mirrored Shawano County’s. Oconto County had an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in November of last year.

Waupaca County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.0 percent in October to 6.3 percent in November. The rate in November 2012 was 6.7 percent.

Langlade County went from 7.2 percent in October to 7.6 percent in November. The rate in November 2012 was 7.9 percent.

Marathon County had the smallest increase in the region, going from 5.7 percent to 5.8 percent from October to November. The unemployment rate in November of last year was 6.4 percent.

The county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state was Pierce County at 3.4 percent in November versus 3.9 percent in October. The rate in November of last year was 4.2 percent.

Unemployment rates increased in 53 of the state’s 72 counties from October to November, according to the DWD. Unemployment also went up in 14 of the 32 largest cities.

The statewide unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November.