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Unemployment rises in nearly every Wis. county


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Nearly every Wisconsin county saw its unemployment rate rise slightly last month.

Kenosha County was the only county whose seasonally adjusted rate remained the same, at 10.1 percent. Every other county saw increases in February unemployment compared to January's rates.

The figures were released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

Door County had the highest rate last month, at 13.9 percent. Dane County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, the lowest in the state.

The department said last week the unemployment rate statewide was 7.4 percent, better than the nationwide rate of 8.9 percent.

The department says it's not unusual for an unemployment rate to go up in February as more jobseekers resume their job searches. Unemployment figures don't count people who have stopped looking for work.

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