DWD: Madison area loses 100 jobs in November

Eight of the state’s 12 metropolitan areas saw job gains in November, but Greater Madison was not one of them, according to preliminary figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

While the preliminary numbers are subject to revision, they show the Madison area losing 100 jobs last month, reporting 348,200 overall jobs. Madison joined Wausau (-800), Racine (-200), and Oshkosh-Neenah (-100) as the metro areas that experienced job losses.

Metro Milwaukee was the biggest job gainer, with 5,200 new jobs, followed by Green Bay (+1,400), Appleton (+900), Eau Claire and Janesville (+700 each), and Fond du Lac (+400).

Overall, the state gained an estimated 10,600 jobs in November on a seasonally adjusted basis. Unemployment rates rose in each of the 12 major metro areas; however, the rates also are subject to revision because unemployment rates are reported without making seasonal adjustments for winter weather.

Nationally, initial weekly unemployment claims dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 during the week that ended on Dec. 22. It was the lowest number of people seeking unemployment benefits since March of 2008, but the closing of various state unemployment offices for the Christmas holiday probably skewed the data.