Nine of the state’s 12 major metropolitan areas had lower unemployment rates in March than pre-pandemic, the latest federal figures show.

When comparing preliminary figures from last month with benchmarked data from March 2019, these metro areas had lower unemployment rates in March 2022: Appleton, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, La Crosse-Onalaska, Madison, Oshkosh-Neenah, Sheboygan and Wausau. The rates for these areas were between 0.1 and 0.5 percent lower than the pre-pandemic period.

Meanwhile, the Janesville-Beloit and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metro areas had higher unemployment rates, by 0.3 and 0.2 percent, respectively. Racine’s unemployment rate was unchanged over the two-year period.

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