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Dane Co. grew jobs at 4x the rate of Wisconsin as a whole in 2016

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County added new jobs at a rate four times higher than the entire State of Wisconsin in 2016, despite having a much lower unemployment rate.

Dane County added 5,172 private sector jobs last year, good for a growth rate of 2.0 percent.

That number represents nearly half of Wisconsin's total of 11,590 jobs added in 2016, which was good for a growth rate of just 0.5 percent.

The growth seen here in Dane County came despite a low unemployment rate that fell to 2.6% in December 2016.

Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate sat at 4% in December,

Dane County also grew wages by 0.95 percent last year, compared to a drop of -0.6 percent for the state as a whole.

2016 marked the worst year for Wisconsin job growth since Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) took office in 2011.

Dane County's total job growth in 2016 was its third-highest during that same period.

Here are the 2016 private sector job growth rates/rankings for the state's largest counties.

Winnebago 2.1%
Dane 2.0%
Washington 1.6%
La Crosse 1.6%
Sheboygan 1.5%
Ozaukee 1.2%
Eau Claire 1.1%
Brown 0.93%
Rock 0.82%
Racine 0.64%
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State of Wisconsin 0.5%
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Outagamie 0.48%
Waukesha 0.29%
Marathon -0.15%
Kenosha -0.63%
Milwaukee -0.67%

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