3/17/16 – Unemployment in the region and around most of the state increased from December to January but is still lower than the same time period last year. According to figures released this week by the state Department of Workforce Development, the jobless rate in Dodge County was 3.9-percent, up from 3.3-percent in December but six-tenths of a point below the rate from 2016. Columbia County experienced a rate of 3.8-percent while Fond du Lac County was at 3.6-percent, both up six-tenths from the previous month. Jefferson County jobless filings were up eight-tenths from December-to-January at 4.3-percent. Green Lake County was up a full percentage point to 5.6-percent. Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9-percent in January, down from December’s 4.1-percent and below the national rate of 4.8-percent. The state also saw its lowest rate since January 2001. In addition, the number of unemployed individuals is at its lowest point since February 2001.