Unemployment was again up for Chippewa County in December, according to figures released by the state Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday.
Chippewa County increased from 5.5 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, the second month in a row the county had a rate increase. All but two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw unemployment increase in December.
The Eau Claire metro area, which includes the city of Chippewa Falls, also saw a rate increase over the month, from 5.3 to 6 percent. Unemployment increased in all of the state's 12 major metro areas.
Dunn County has the lowest December rate in the area, at 5.1 percent. Clark, Barron and Taylor counties had rates of 7.2, 7.4, and 7.5 percent, respectively
Rusk County had the highest area rate, at 8.8 percent for December.
Statewide, the lowest unemployment rate was Dane County’s 4.4 percent. The highest was in Menominee, at 12.7 percent.
Both the state and national unemployment rates stayed consistent from November, with the state at 6.6 percent and the nation at 7.8.