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January unemployment rates climb across region

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Fewer help-wanted signs were out across the far western region of Wisconsin in January.

All counties in the region saw their unemployment rates rise.

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Statewide the rate rose from 4.6 percent in December 2007, to 5.5 percent in January. The national rate for January was 5.4 percent.

In both Pierce and St. Croix counties unemployment rates were up almost a full point, going from 4.4 percent in December to 5.3 percent in January.

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