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Unemployment levels in southwest

Wisconsin dropped in October,

although the decline wasn’t major.

In Grant County, the jobless rate

fell from 4.7% in September to 4.5%

in October.

In October of last year, the unemployment

rate in Grant County was also 4.5%.

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Other counties in the region had

similar drops in the jobless rate.

The lowest rate in the area for October

was Iowa County at 4.1%, the highest

was in Crawford County at 5.4%.

The five-county area includes

Grant, Iowa, Lafayette, Crawford

and Richland Counties.

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The statewide unemployment

rate in October was 5.7%, down

from 5.9% in September.

For the nation, the unemployment

rate was 7%.