(Dodge County) Jobless filings in the region and around the state last month are all lower than they were in December of 2016. That’s according to the latest statistics released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Dodge County’s unemployment was at 2.3-percent, down one-tenth from November and a full percentage point below last year’s numbers. Columbia County was nearly identical down one-tenth to 2.3-percent after recording a 3.2-percent the previous year. Dodge and Columbia counties are in a six-way tie for the fourth lowest rate in the state. Fond du Lac and Washington counties are faring even better with a 2.2-percent rate last month; both experienced a month-to-month drop of one-tenth and a year-to-year drop of eight-tenths. Jefferson County held steady from November-to-December at 2.5-percent, one full percentage point lower than 2016. Green Lake County notched up one-tenth from November but is 1.5-percent lower than last year. Iron County has the highest unemployment in the state at 5.6-percent while Dane and Lafayette counties are tied for the lowest at 1.9-percent. Every county in the state was lower last month when compared to the previous December. However, 42 of the state’s 72 counties increased from November-to-December while another eleven were unchanged over the two-month period. Wisconsin’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate last month was down two-tenths from November to three-percent even, setting a new record low for the month. The national rate held steady at 4.1-percent.
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