MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Unemployment went up last month in all 12 of Wisconsin’s metro areas. That’s according to new figures released Wednesday by state workforce development officials. The Janesville area continued to have the state’s highest unadjusted jobless rate at 11 percent. That’s up one-tenth of a point from November, as the Janesville area continues to reel from the closing of General Motors just over a year ago. The Madison area has the lowest unemployment, at 5.8%. But that was up three-tenths from the previous month.
Also, jobless rates went up in 69 of the state’s 72 counties. They went down slightly in Kenosha and Florence counties. Menominee County had the highest rate at 12.2 percent – same as in November. In Metro Milwaukee, the jobless rate jumped two-tenths of a percent to 8.6 for December. Almost 10,000 jobs were lost in the last month in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.