97-7 Country WGLR

Local unemployment rates increased between

January and February in southwest Wisconsin,    

making it the fourth straight month the jobless

rate has increased in the region.

In Grant County it held steady at 7.5%, but

in Iowa, Lafayette, Crawford and Richland

Counties it spiked upward.

Crawford County has the dubious distinction

of having the highest jobless rate in the area,

increasing to 10.4% from 10% in January.

In Iowa County it increased from 8.6% to

9.3%…Richland County from 7.1% to 7.8%…

and Lafayette County where it increased to 7.4%

from 7%.

Statewide, 61 of the 72 counties in Wisconsin

saw an increase in the unemployment rate

between January and Februry…while 11 had

either a decrease or no change. The Wisconsin

Department of Workforce Development says

jobless rates are typically at their highest levels

during the Winter months.

The state unemployment increased from 8%

in January to 8.2% in February. For the

U-S, it dropped from 8.5% to 8.1%.