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Southwest Wisconsin’s unemployment

picture has improved, as jobless rates

in the five-county region have dropped

below 6% in all but one county.

According to the Wisconsin Department

of Workforce Development, the jobless

rate dropped to 5.4% in Grant County

last month, down from 6.1% in July.

Last August,  the unemployment rate in

the county was at 6.2%.

Iowa County has the lowest jobless rate

in the region. Last month it stood at

4.8%, down from 5.3% in July.

Other unemployment rates last month

include Lafayette County at 5.1%, down

from 5.6% in July, and Richland County

also at 5.1%, also down from 5.6% in

July. Crawford County is the only

county in the region with a jobless

rate above 6%, at 6.2% for the month

of August. The unemployment rate

in July in Crawford County was 6.6%,

and was at 7% in August of 2012.

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The state unemployment rate last

month was 6.2%, 7.3% for the nation.