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After GM shutdown unemployment climbs above 11 percent in Janesville

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Unemployment in Janesville continues to skyrocket in the wake of the December shutdown at General Motors.

The city's jobless rate jumped to 11.6 percent in January, up from 8.1 percent in December, and 5.4 the previous year.

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Milwaukee's unemployment rate was the highest for a January since 1990, 7.1 percent, up by almost 2.5 points over the past year.

State officials said all 12 of Wisconsin's metro areas had fewer jobs and higher unemployment last month.

The lowest rate is in Madison. But even there, the jobless rate is up almost 2 full-percentage points from a year ago. It's now at 5.3.

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1,700 job-seekers went to the Diversity Career Day job fair Thursday. That's four times the crowd from a year ago.

Officials said more than 1,000 of the attendees were neither students nor graduates of the university.

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