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Five of state's metro areas lost jobs in November

Five of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas lost jobs last month, and nine of those areas had steady or lower unemployment rates from October. That's what state labor officials said yesterday.

Madison lost the most jobs, with 1,300 on a seasonally-adjusted basis. But Wisconsin's capital still had the state's lowest jobless rate at an unadjusted five-percent, down two-tenths from the previous month. The Appleton area lost 600 jobs in November. La Crosse, Green Bay, and Racine lost between 200-and-300 each. Racine, Sheboygan, and Wausau were the only metros to have higher jobless rates than October. Sheboygan's increase was the largest at two-tenths of one-percent, despite adding 200 jobs during November.

Janesville had the highest unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, down two-tenths from October. All told, Wisconsin lost 5,200 jobs last month, with a jobless rate that held steady at 7.1 percent.