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Officials: Unemployment rates drop in Wisconsin cities, counties

All counties but one had rate decrease

MADISON, WIs. - Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and largest cities, according to state officials.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures for April on Wednesday, less than two weeks before the June 5 recall election targeting Gov. Scott Walker.

Unemployment figures have been a major issue, with Walker relying on one set of numbers that show Wisconsin gained more than 23,000 jobs in 2011 while his opponent Tom Barrett points to another that shows a nearly 34,000 job loss.

The latest figures show 30 of the state's largest cities had an unemployment rate decrease last month. Mount Pleasant saw a small increase and Brookfield's was unchanged.

Every county except one had an unemployment rate decrease. Iron County's rate increased from 12.7 percent to 12.8 percent.

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