Unemployment rose slightly in both Manitowoc and Manitowoc County in January. Numbers released this afternoon by the State Department of Workforce Development show the city’s jobless rate was 4-point-seven percent. That’s an increase from December’s number of four-and-a-half percent but significantly lower than last January’s rate of five-point-four percent. Meanwhile four-point-six percent of the county’s jobforce was unemployed—three-tenths of a percent higher than December’s rate of four-point-three percent but six-tenths of a percent less the five-point-two percent last January. Preliminary January unemployment rates decreased in all of the state’s 32 largest municipalities and declined or stayed the same in 71 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties compared to January 2016. Today’s release of the January 2017 rates follows last week’s bureau of labor statistics release of monthly estimates showing a preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of three-point-nine percent dropping to its lowest rate since January of 2001.