Unemployment was up in the first month of this years, and 2009 saw massive job losses. Unemployment in Wisconsin rose slightly in January to 8.7 percent, up two-tenths of a percent from December, according to state figures. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than a year ago, and that despite gaining 5,600 jobs in January, still finished the month with about 113,000 fewer jobs than a year ago. The national unemployment rate for January was 9.7 percent up two full points from January of 2009.

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