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The unemployment rate increased

in the final month of 2013 in the five-county

region of southwest Wisconsin. According

to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce

Development, the jobless rate increased

last month in Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and

Crawford Counties. In Richland County

it stayed the same from November to

December, at 4.9%

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In Grant County, the jobless rate increased

from 4.5% in November, to 4.8% in December.

In December of 2012 it was at 5%.

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Other unemployment rates last month in

the region include Lafayette County at

4.5%, Iowa county at 5.1%, and Crawford

County at 6.7%.

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The statewide jobless rate last month was

5.8%, 6.5% for the nation. By comparison,

Iowa’s jobless rate dropped in December

to 4.2%. That’s the lowest it’s been since

December 2008.