(1/25/12) Five of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas lost jobs during December. That's according to local estimates released this afternoon by state workforce development officials. The Eau Claire and Sheboygan areas lost 800 jobs each on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
Metro Milwaukee lost 700, and La Crosse and Madison had smaller losses. Janesville had the highest unadjusted jobless rate among the 12 metros at eight-point-three percent. Madison had the lowest at four-point-seven. All but four Wisconsin counties saw their unadjusted rates go down from November. Manitowoc, Menomonee Falls, and West Allis had slight increases in their municipal unemployment rates.