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Unemployment up in 5 Wisconsin metro areas

MADISON (AP) -- Unemployment is up in five Wisconsin metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday reported local unemployment figures for February.

Unemployment rates rose in the Eau Claire, Fond Du Lac, Oshkosh-Neenah, Racine and Wausau areas from January. Rates didn't change in the Appleton, Green Bay and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis areas and fell slightly in the Janesville, La Crosse, Madison and Sheboygan areas.

The Janesville area had the highest unemployment rate of any metro area at 12.7 percent. Madison had the lowest at 6.7 percent.

Unemployment rose in 41 counties in February. Rusk County had the highest rate at 14.7 percent, up from 14.4 percent in January.

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Wisconsin was 9.7 percent in February, up from 9.6 percent in January.

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