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Area unemployment

The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Sauk County in August was 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 percent in July, according to new preliminary data from the state Department of Workforce Development.

The county’s 3.2 percent rate for August was lower than the 4.3 percent rate reported by the department for August 2014.

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Compared to rates in July, unemployment rates in August decreased in all 72 Wisconsin counties. Dane County registered the lowest rate in the state at 2.7 percent. Menominee County in northern Wisconsin had the highest rate at 10.7 percent.

Wisconsin’s preliminary, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 3.9 percent, down from 4.6 percent in July and below the 5.2 percent rate in August 2014. The unemployment rate includes Wisconsin residents who are available for work and actively are seeking employment.