RACINE COUNTY — Unemployment fell in Racine last month, but it didn’t fall far enough for the city to shake its place as the municipality with the highest jobless rate in the state.
The city’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent in November, according to jobless figures released Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Although lower than its October jobless rate of 11.7 percent, and November 2012’s rate of 11.4 percent, the rate still put Racine ahead of Milwaukee and Beloit. Both cities had unemployment rates of 9.4 percent last month, tying for the municipality with the second highest unemployment rate in the state.
Caledonia had the lowest November unemployment rate of the 32 cities ranked in the report with 3.2 percent.
Although the jobless rate decreased in Racine in November, rates increased in 14 of the state’s 32 largest municipalities last month, among them Mount Pleasant, which saw its jobless rate increase from 8.2 percent in October to 8.6 percent in November.
Most counties saw an increase in the number of people collecting unemployment benefits.
Racine County saw unemployment fall to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent between October and November, but remained among the 10 counties with the highest jobless rate in the state. Iron County, in the far north of the state, had the highest unemployment rate among the counties with 13.2 percent. Pierce County, which sits near Minneapolis in the far western part of the state, had the lowest unemployment rate of the counties with 3.4 percent.
The statewide unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November, which is less than the national rate of 7 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.