Most Metro Areas Gain Jobs, Milwaukee Loses 4,400

Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 --- 1:14 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Eight of Wisconsin's metropolitan areas gained jobs in March, while four including Milwaukee lost jobs.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that all of the metro areas, and 67 of 72 counties, saw unemployment rates drop last month.

The Milwaukee metro areas lost 4,400 jobs. The Green Bay area lost 1,500 jobs, Eau Claire lost 800 and Oshkosh-Neenah lost 500.

Of the state's 32 largest cities, only Franklin saw its unemployment rate increase from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent. The only counties that saw an increase were Ashland, Forest, Menominee and Vilas. Iron County had no change.

Dane County had the lowest unemployment rate at 5 percent while Menominee County had the highest at 16.2 percent.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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