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Unemployment rates soar across region

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Local unemployment rates throughout western Wisconsin took a significant jump upward in January, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

In January 2008, the unemployment rate in St. Croix County was just 4.7 percent. This year that rate jumped to 7.5 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December.

The Pierce County rate climbed to 7.1 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December and 4.8 percent last year.

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